Placing a Hold

Patrons may place holds or “requests” on items in the library’s circulating collection. When a held item comes back to the library, the library will notify the person who placed the hold using the method she or he has selected in her or his record on our automated system. Methods of notification available are postal mail, email, or text message.

To place a hold, you must first be logged in to your account. Follow this link to go to the log in screen for the automated system. You must enter the 14 digit barcode from your library card and your PIN which is the last four digits of your telephone number.

Search for the item you wish to place on hold.

When you find the item, click the “Place Request” button for the item.

A screen appears showing that the hold or request will be placed for you. The next step is to click the “Submit Request” button. The remaining step is to wait for the item to come back in!

Requesting New Materials

Circulation Policies

Checkout

Items available for 3 weeks with 1 renewal:

  • Adult fiction and nonfiction
  • Braille books
  • Books on CD
  • Children’s fiction and nonfiction
  • Government documents
  • Kansas Circulating Collection
  • Music CDs
  • Pamphlets
  • The Great Courses DVDs

Items available for 1 week with 1 renewal:

  • Auto repair manuals
  • Books with more than one reserve
  • DVDs
  • Magazines

Items available for 1 week with no renewal:

  • WiFi hotspots (must be 18 years old or older)

Some reference works may be checked out overnight. Arrangements are made through Reference Services.

Artwork is available for 60 days with no renewal. A $2.00 checkout charge is required per painting. Restricted to residents within the city limits of Hutchinson. Limit two.

Fines

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, we will not be charging late fees on items except hot spots, artwork, overnight loans, and Interlibrary Loan items. Patrons with lost items will be charged the replacement cost of the item.

Children’s cards accumulate no fines.

Senior cards accumulate no overdue fines.

Hotspots: $5.00 per each day overdue. Item is considered lost after being overdue for 7 days. Patron is billed $75.00 for lost Hotspot. Sim card is deactivated after being one day overdue.

Artwork: 25 cents per day with one day grace period.

Overnight loans: 50 cents per hour with no grace period; maximum fine is price of item.

The library should be notified immediately when a card is lost or stolen. Replacement card is $1.00.

Patron Status

The library considers a patron to be in good standing if:

  • the patron owes less than $5.00 in fines or lost books.
  • the patron does not have more than 15 items overdue.

A patron found NOT to be in good standing with the library may not check out any more items. Full library privileges will begin when the fines are paid below the $5.00 limit or the overdue books are returned.

Senior Privilege Program

Library users 65 years of age or older are enrolled in the Senior Privilege Program. The Senior Privilege Program is a “no fine” courtesy extended to senior citizens. Card holders will continue to get overdue notices, but fines will not accumulate. Patrons will still be responsible for returning borrowed materials as soon as possible and reimbursing the library for any damaged or lost materials. Senior citizens may also want to ask about our outreach service.