Reopening Process

Reopening Process July 8
Posted on 07/03/2020
reopening process

Welcome back!

We are grateful for your continued support for the Hutchinson Public Library. You have done a marvelous job of adapting to changes in services, using online resources, attending virtual programs, and picking up items via the Library Material Pick Up Service.  

The health and safety of our patrons, staff, and the community at large is our highest priority during this uncertain time. Our main goal is to strengthen our community by continuing to provide as much access as possible and the best library service possible while keeping everyone safe. As public health and safety recommendations allow, we will work toward a gradual reopening of the library. 

Here’s what we’re doing and what you need to know. 

Library Hours:

MON–FRI | 10 AM-1 PM & 3 PM - 6 PM

SAT | 10 AM-1 PM


For Everyone’s Safety: 

What We’re Doing   

Staggering hours to limit in-person contact and allow for cleaning

Equipping service desks with safety shields

Providing “no-touch” services and self check out

Quarantining materials for 5 days 

Cleaning high-touch surfaces frequently

Requiring masks for staff

What You’re Doing

Stay home if you're sick / not feeling well

Wear your mask properly inside

Limit in-person contact as much as possible by limiting your time inside the library

Keep a 6-foot distance from others

Respect the safety shields at our service desks; speak through and not around them

Wash your hands often or use provided hand sanitizer

Return all items in 24-hour book drop for quarantine purposes


Open In-Library Services

Patrons must wear a mask while in the library. If you need a mask, we can supply one. Mask Policy

  • Public and Children's computers
  • Catalog computers
  • Interlibrary loans (some limitations)
  • Browsing the stacks
  • Microfilm Readers (Hutchinson Public Library microfilm only)
  • Kansas Room - Limited access 2 people at a time, research only.
  • Place holds
  • Readers Advisory
  • Research
  • Restrooms - Public Services area, accessible in Children’s
  • Staff assisted copy / fax
  • Self check-out
  • Typewriter
  • 3D Printer

  • Newspapers (some limitations)

  • Proctoring

  • One-on-One Tech Help

  • The Friendshop Book Store

Public Computer Lab 

  • Computers are socially distanced
  • No hands-on staff assistance
  • Sessions limited to 60-minutes per user/day
  • Must have a library card to use a computer

"No-Touch" Services available by phone, online or email or outside library


Phone service hours

MON–FRI | 10 AM-1 PM & 3 PM - 6 PM

SAT | 10 AM-1 PM


  • Apply for a Hutchinson Public Library card and/or Kansas Library Card
  • Get ideas for what to read next (Readers Advisory)
  • Library Material Pick Up Service (reserve items to check out from the library, and pick up)
  • Free scheduled copying, scanning, faxing and printing
  • Free wi-fi outside of building (Daily, 6:00 am - 10:30 pm)
  • Reference Services: research & genealogy
  • Children’s book bundles
  • Memorial books
  • Homebound outreach

Online Services:

  • Virtual storytimes on facebook, youtube and our website
  • Free downloadable music, ebooks audiobooks and magazines
  • Databases and online learning

We're not ready for...        

  • Book donations or book sales
  • In-library events / programs
  • Indoor art exhibits
  • Meetings / study groups
  • Volunteers

Closed Areas    

  • West Children’s Entrance
  • Young Adult seating area
  • Meeting / study rooms
  • Quiet Room
  • Early Literacy Center
  • Reference computers
  • Children’s Activity Room
  • The Makerspace/basement

What we are working toward next

As public health and safety recommendations allow, we will work toward a gradual reopening of these areas and services

  • Opening meeting / study rooms
  • Makerspace appointments
  • Reference computer appointments