Location & Hours

We are located at 901 North Main Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues on the west side of Main Street.

Monday
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday
Closed

Employment Opportunities

The Hutchinson Public Library is accepting applications for a full-time Children Service’s Specialist. This person must be willing to work days, nights, and weekends and have strong customer relations skills and ability to work well with children and adults.

Click on the job description link for more information. Please fill out the job application and the technology skills survey to apply for the position. Once you complete the forms, your application is submitted for review, and you don’t need to fill it out again. We will contact you if we’d like you to come to the library for an interview.

If you have any questions, email Tina Stropes, tina.s@hutchpl.org, or call 620-663-5441 x118.

Apply Here
Technology Skills Survey
Job Description

The Hutchinson Public Library is accepting applications for a part-time Makerspace Specialist. Candidates must be willing to work flexible hours, have strong skills in technology and communication with staff and patrons.

Click on the job description link for more information. Please fill out the job application and the technology skills survey to apply for the position. Once you complete the forms, your application is submitted for review, and you don’t need to fill it out again. We will contact you if we’d like you to come to the library for an interview.

If you have any questions, email Tina Stropes, tina.s@hutchpl.org, or call 620-663-5441 x118.

Apply Here
Technology Skills Survey
Job Description

Our Mission

Hutchinson Public Library’s mission is to inspire learning, cultivate growth, share knowledge, and strengthen our community.  

We envision a community in which everyone has a greater sense of self-worth.

In 2021, we will continue to strive to remove barriers to learning, provide excellent service through empathy, communication, and a positive attitude, answer questions with professionalism, initiative, and reliability, and conduct responsible stewardship of Hutchinson’s Public Library.

Our Service Values

Library Directory

General Information
620-663-5441
info@hutchpl.org

Makerspace
620-663-5441 x. 133

Outreach Services
620-663-5441 x. 116

Public Services
620-663-5441 x. 116

Kathy Vieyra
Public Services Supervisor
620-663-5441 x. 119
kathy.v@hutchpl.org

Ruth Heidebrecht
Technical Services and Collection Development
620-663-5441 x. 113
ruth.h@hutchpl.org

Darcie Canfield-Riggs
Youth Services Librarian
620-663-5441 x. 136
darcie.cr@hutchpl.org

Amy Johnson
Children’s Outreach Coordinator
620-663-5441 x. 122
amy.j@hutchpl.org

Reference & Research Services
620-663-5441 x. 137
reference@hutchpl.org

Interlibrary Loan
620-663-5441 x. 124
interlib@hutchpl.org

Amanda Stephenson
Reference Services Supervisor
620-663-5441 x.142
amanda.s@hutchpl.org

Adult Education & Literacy Services
Anastasia Sims
620-663-5441 x. 143

Marketing
Kate Lewis
620-663-5441 x. 115
kate.l@hutchpl.org

Tina Stropes
Business Manager & Human Resources
620-663-5441 x. 118
tina.s@hutchpl.org

Gregg Wamsley
Library Director
620-663-5441 x. 110
gregg.w@hutchpl.org

Library Policies

The Hutchinson Public Library has adopted such policies as are needed to guide daily operations of the library. HPL staff members are empowered to interpret and apply library policy to fit the needs of the situation, within the limits of common sense and safety of staff and patrons alike.

The following is a partial list of library policies most commonly used. This is by no means a comprehensive list of all library policy.

Library Board

The Hutchinson Public Library operates under the authority of K.S.A. 12-1215. This statute and subsequent statutes give the City of Hutchinson an uncommon advantage in that the city does not need to support its public library financially. The HPL Board sets a modest property tax mill levy each year to generate funds to operate the facility.

The Hutchinson Public Library Board of Directors is a seven-member board appointed by the Mayor of the City of Hutchinson. Terms are for a period of four years. Members may serve two four-year terms. If two consecutive terms are completed, the board member must leave the Library Board for a minimum of two years before being eligible to serve again. Board members must live within the city limits of Hutchinson.

The current members are:

Marty Fee – Chairman
Joe Keck – Vice Chairman
Jocelyn Woodson – Treasurer
Amanda M. Smith
Steve Timken
Mary Evans
Jeff Roberson

Gregg Wamsley – Secretary
Mayor of Hutchinson – ex officio

The Board of Directors of the Hutchinson Public Library meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 12 noon. HPL board meetings are open to the public.

Bylaws of the Hutchinson Public Library Board

Agendas

Supporting documents

Minutes

Library Budget

2020 Budget Hearing

The governing body of the Hutchinson Public Library Meeting was held on 8/20/2019 at 12:00 p.m. at the Hutchinson Public Library, Conference Room 2. For the purpose of hearing and answering objections of taxpayers relating to the proposed use of all funds and the amount of ad valorem tax.

Detailed budget information is available at the Hutchinson Public Library and will be available at this hearing. 
HPL 2020 Budget

Library History

The Hutchinson Public Library, established in 1901, serves the City of Hutchinson and the surrounding towns in Reno County and beyond.  

115 Years at a Glance

Early Library History to 1938


Hutchinson Builds Modern Library

Article scanned from the periodical archives.  Ask a Reference staff member about using the original.  Copyright (c) 1949 Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.  Used with permission.

Library Open House Dedication 1951

Eighteen Months After
Article scanned from the periodical archives.  Ask a Reference staff member about using the original.  Copyright (c) 1952 Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.  Used with permission.

Ida Day Holzapfel

Ida Day

Ida Day Holzapfel

1888 – Ida Miranda Day was born on April 20 in Colony, KS.

1916 – Ida Day was hired at Hutchinson Public Library, with a salary of $75 per month and two weeks paid vacation.  Until she left in 1926 to attend the University of Kansas, her work included developing a complete catalog & classification system, initiating reference help, mobilizing books for WWI soldiers, starting outreach to shut ins, and introducing Sunday hours. 

1946 – Returning to Hutchinson Public Library as Ida Day Holzapfel, she oversaw the library move from the Carnegie building to the present location at 901 N. Main in 1951. 

1953 – Ida resigned from Hutchinson Public Library.

The Ghost of HPL

Ida Day stairs

The October 31, 1975, issue of The Hutchinson News included a story of library workers who reported seeing and hearing a ghost in the library.  Supposedly, it was the ghost of Ida Day Holzapfel.  Ida Day was described as totally dedicated to her job.  Her dedication frequently made her difficult to work with, especially if fellow employees did not demonstrate the same dedication to the library that she did.  

Ida Day was considered a proper woman, who had tea with employees promptly at 3 p.m. every afternoon.  She resigned in 1953 and took a position as a reference librarian for Tulare County in Visalia, California.  She never filled that position.  She was killed in an auto accident on her first day of the job.

On one occasion, library employees Angeline Welch and Rose Hale were working in the basement.  Hale went upstairs and when she returned, she heard Welch talking to someone.  Welch denied she had said a word, but Hale heard footsteps leaving.

Hale said the next day she stopped below the stairs and saw a lady standing there.  Hale did not know the woman’s name, but when she later described the woman to another library employee, Hale was told she had just described Ida Day.  Since that time, other employees claimed to have heard footsteps in the basement, and it became a shared joke that whenever anything was misplaced or missing, Ida Day took it.

The feeling that Ida Day returned to watch over the library, and sometimes rebelled when she thought it was not being run correctly, was reinforced by the local paper.  In the News story, published when Ida Day resigned to take the job in California, the article stated, “She plans to retain ownership of her home, and will eventually return to Hutchinson….”