Services at the Library

Library Card Registration: Any person residing within the Central Kansas Library System (CKLS) service area, may obtain a HPL card at no charge by completing a written application, providing valid proof of identification and proof of current address.


Materials Check-outs:
Library card-holders may check-out a number of different items including books, magazines, audiobooks, movies, video games, music CDs, and Vinyl Records. Materials are available for varying lengths of time, with most items checking out for 3 weeks. Click here to see our circulation policy. We also offer electronic resources through our Digital Library.


Computer Check-outs:
The library offers public computers with internet access and common computer applications in our Adult Department. We also have a designated computer lab for our Young Adults, and a computer area for Children.


 Children's Department:
The Children's Department provides services for children ages 0-11. Services include tutoring, computers, ebooks, preloaded game tablets, ABCmouse, Minecraft, music, magazines, and books. Program topics vary: science, music, cooking, art, math, and story time. For more information on the latest happenings, contact us at 785-625-9014 or check the online calendar.


Young Adult Department:
The Young Adult department offers programs and activities for patrons in 6th-12th grades or between the ages of 12 and 18. On top of activities, we offer a computer lab, social spaces, and a huge collection of books, graphic novels, videogames, CDs, and audiobooks. For more information, contact the young adult librarian, Vera Haynes, at

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Adult Department:
Hays Public Library offers a wide array of programs for adults, including book clubs, Feed & Film, Crafternoon, various musical performances, and rotating programs every month. For more information on what is going on in the adult department, contact Samantha Gill at

Kansas Room:
We have the good fortune to be able to offer an entire area dedictated to the history and preservation of all things Kansas. We offer microfilm of old newspapers.

After-School Tutoring:
FREE tutoring services are available Monday through Friday. Tutoring sessions are one-on-one, and available to everyone, regardless of age or grade. Tutoring sessions are scheduled on a semester basis. Students will be scheduled for a specific day(s) and time(s) to meet with an assigned tutor each week. Students may choose to withdraw from tutoring services at any time. The library reserves the right to discontinue tutoring services for habitual absences. For students under eighteen, a guardian is expected to communicate with the tutor and teacher about the student's needs and progress. Guardians are encouraged to attend sessions with the student and/or check in with the tutor on a weekly basis. Tutors are provided through a partnership with Fort Hays State University. We do our best to accommodate all needs; however, some needs may require referrals to alternative resources. To register for tutoring, Click Here

The Hays Public Library is glad to accept anyone who would like to volunteer. Those who are interested in volunteering need to fill out the Volunteer Form and must consent to a background check. Individuals will be contacted to schedule dates and times for when they would like to come in. Volunteers may be doing a number of different jobs/projects around the library, depending on the tasks assigned by the department librarian. We also accept individuals that need to complete community hours for community service. Those individuals wil need to fill out the Community Service Form and will follow the same guidelines as above.

Fee Based Services:
We offer a wide range of other services to the public for a small fee. To see all of our fee based services, please click here.

Little Free Libraries:
A Little Free Library is a "take a book, leave a book" free book exchange. Donated library materials are distributed to our seven Little Free Libraries to share literacy through the community. Book donations are accepted at the library anytime  during regular business hours.

Little Free Libraries locations are listed below or click Here to view a map of all locations.

Hays Aquatic Park, 4th and Main
Seven Hills Park, 33rd and Hillcrest
Hays Dog Park, Highway 183 By-pass
Frontier Park, Highway 183 By-pass
Aubel-Bickle Park, 30th and Sherman
Ekey Park, 19th and Holmes Road
Kiwanis Park, 17th and Harvest Avenue