Reference Services

Contact us:
Hutchinson Public Library is currently closed to the public. This is an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 


Our primary form of communication during this time is by email:
Requests will be responded to in the order they arrive and within 24 hours.
(Please include as much detail as possible in your request, since staff are working remotely, it will lessen the time it takes to respond with an answer.)

If you do not have access to email, please leave a message at the number below and we will get back to you within 24hrs.

By telephone:  Call (620) 663-5441 ext. 137


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 (currently suspended)