Reference Services

In a continuing effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Reno County, the library will provide special hours of operation to limit in-person contact and allow for cleaning.
New hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Saturday, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, and on Sundays, the library will be closed. (Pick-up service is still being offered during the hours listed above.)


Reference staff members are here to help you explore, discover, and connect. Whether you need detailed, in-depth assistance finding resources for scholarly work, or something simple like a local business contact, Hutchinson Public Library’s knowledgeable staff will help.

Our general mission and purpose is to assist and instruct individuals in their pursuit of information, using appropriate methods and materials, regardless of format, and to “provide the most accurate information in the most timely manner possible.”  This assistance is provided in accordance with general library policies, and every effort is made to ensure that staff provide confidential, equal treatment to all persons.  

We provide as wide a range of resources as possible to help patrons find the answers to questions we are asked. The rapidly changing technological environment requires us to learn new retrieval methods while retaining a useful familiarity with traditional sources. Although we may interpret some sources of information, we are not qualified to interpret legal, medical, or taxation materials.

Reference staff manage or oversee:

  • Research collections on the second floor of the library
  • Periodical reading room on the first floor
  • Historical periodicals and Kansas Room collections
  • Microform resources and pamphlet files
  • Government Documents Depository
  • Adult Education & Literacy program
  • Interlibrary Loan

For assistance you can reach us at the following:
Phone:  620-663-5441 ext. 137

Interlibrary Loan

Hutchinson Public Library will begin taking Interlibrary Loan requests for materials we do not own on July 1.  Please note that due to the Pandemic and increased activity with Covid-19 we will be very limited in our borrowing capacity.  Many libraries will still be closed or working on only a partial basis within their buildings.  We will be limiting the items each person can borrow to 2 items per week, beginning on Mondays. (Please note our hours have changed)

  • We cannot be held responsible for items that are held up by lending libraries who may need to close due to community COVID-19 conditions. 
  • We do not borrow items that we own.
  • Items must be at least 6 months old for books and 1 year for movies. Otherwise a Purchase Request will be submitted for our collection.
  • Borrowing a different format of an item we own is acceptable.
  • Please give us only your phone number since no auto emails can be sent at this time.
  • All items will be quarantined for 5 days upon arrival and before they are returned to the lender – (Due Dates will be affected to allow for quarantine delays).
  • Items will be placed in the outside dropbox for return and MUST include the paperwork
  • Rubber Bands are acceptable to hold the paperwork to the item – NO ADHESIVE (TAPE)
  • At this time we will not be borrowing microfilm


The Genealogy collection is located on the second floor of the library. Patron assistance is provided by the Reference staff during regular library hours.

Requests for information, such as obituaries, directory assistance, and specific searches in local records, should be addressed to the Reference staff.  We accept requests by mail, telephone (620-663-5441 x. 137), fax (620-663-1583), or e-mail (  Please include as much information as possible in each request, such as surnames, first names, middle names (if possible), and dates of birth or death.

You may also search the library catalog for abstracts of newspaper articles, births, marriages, and obituaries. The library subscribes to NewspaperArchive and Ancestry Library Edition (AncestryLibrary Edition currently requires a Hutchinson Public Library card to access.) Heritage Quest is available within the library, or it may be accessed from other locations using a current Kansas Library Card.

Government Documents

The Hutchinson Public Library is a Congressionally designated selective depository for U.S. Government Documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44United States Code)

The Hutchinson Public Library is a selective depository for federal,state, and local government documents. Whether you are researching Congressional reports, Supreme Court decisions, Kansas laws, election results, fiscal budgets, consumer information, or NASA projects, you will find helpful information in the documents collection. Most of the legal materials in the Reference department are government documents,and there is a selection of circulating materials located with new materials.  Some documents are stored in the basement of the library,and the Reference staff will retrieve these. Online access to some items is available through the library catalog or special databases.

Links to resources are available on our eLibrary page.

Adult Education

For more information about what services are still available during this time, please contact the Adult Education Coordinator by email: or leave a detailed message at the following phone number 620-663-5441 x. 143.

The library collection and website contain resources that can assist with preparing for many standardized tests. These include the ACT, PSAT, CLEP, SAT, DSST and several high school exit examinations. Resources are also available for the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT and Miller Analogies (MAT).  Resources for these tests can be found in the Gale Testing and Education Center.  Accessible with your Hutchinson Public Library card (your password is your library card number).

Resources for field specific tests such as Law Enforcement, Fire Science and Nursing are available online and in library databases. Often field specific aptitude testing materials are available through the trade organization that sponsors the test.  Assistance with taking the Work Keys Test is available by calling the Kansas Works Center at 620-665-3559. Library staff will be happy to assist patrons with locating any materials referenced above or others that might be a part of the library collection.

GED Resources Brochure
Click this link for the Adult Education Resources brochure. This brochure is also available at the Reference Desk or the Adult Education Service office on the second floor of the library.

Scoreboost GED Test Workbooks
This is a series of eight workbooks that covers the different types of questions that will be on the GED test. These workbooks are available through the  Adult Education Services Office on the second floor of the library. Online practice tests and other resources can be accessed through the publisher’s website at

GED Study Guides
You can find the official study guides in our Adult Education Resources. Paper copies are available through the Adult Education Services Office on the second floor of the library. The Adult Education services office also has access to GED practice tests that can be taken in person. For additional practice on basic concepts the Adult Education Services office also has workbooks from previous GED tests.  

Master the GED Test Manual 
The Gale Testing and Education database has several resources to assist in preparing for the GED. Under the Online Book link there is an 800 page downloadable book to help prepare for the GED test. This page also provides online practice tests. This manual is available under Research/Reference/Databases/Gale Testing and Education. The Gale Testing and Education database is accessible within the library. Access outside the library requires a current Hutchinson Public Library card.   


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