General Infomation

Hays Public Library Request for Proposal  - West Entrance Area 2017


Getting a Library Card

Getting a Library Card If you reside in a county that is included in the Central Kansas Library System, then you can get a Hays Public Library card free of charge. If you reside outside that area, there is a one-time $3 fee to get a Hays Public Library card.

To get a card, you must come into the library to fill out a form. You must also bring with you a photo ID and official proof of your current address (piece of mail, lease agreement, city bill, etc.) if your address is not up-to-date on your photo ID.

The Hays Public Library card allows you to check out our materials, as well as use the Sundlower eLibrary for digital ebooks and audiobooks, Bookflix, and Tumblebooks. Please Note: You do not need to have a Hays Public Library Card, or an account in good standing, to attend programs at the Hays Public Library.

Items We Offer Books

  • (Fiction, Nonfiction, Large Print, Reference)
  • Music CDs and Records
  • Audio books (on CD, tape, or Playaway)
  • Computer CD-ROMs
  • Magazines, Newspapers
  • Art Prints (require $5 deposit)
  • VHS, DVDs, Blu-rays
  • Video Games and Accessories (PS2, PS3, XBOX 360, Wii)
  • Download audio books or e-books to your compatible device using Overdrive

Free E-Books

Check out eBooks and AudioBooks available through our Digital Library. Download FREE e-books to keep from Project Gutenberg.

Multiple copies

Check out our list of books HERE.
Multiple Copies are great for Book Clubs, check out an entire set at a time for every member of your book club!

Checkout a Kindle eReader

We offer Kindle eReaders for checkout so you can see how digital reading devices work. Check out a Kindle eReader with pre-loaded titles for one week at a time. For more information about checking out E-Devices, Click Here.

More information about OverDrive

Downloading in General (not Kindles!)
Downloading for Kindles


Circulation Policy

Item Type Number of Items Loan Period Renewals Fine Per Day
Audio Book 5 3 Weeks 2


Art Print Unlimited 4 Weeks 2


Books Unlimited 3 Weeks 2


Digital Resource 5 N/A N/A


E-Device 1 1 Week 0


Equipment 2 1 Week 1


Game 2 1 Week 1


Music 10 3 Weeks 2


Periodical 10 3 Weeks 2


Video 8 1 Week 1



Fee Based Services

Computer Prints - Black and White $0.10
Computer Prints - Color $0.50
Damaged Items Purchase Price of Item
Fax Received - per page $0.50
Fax Sent - per page $2.00
Lost Item Purchase Price of Item
Microfilm Print - first page $0.25
Microfilm Print - additional pages $0.10
Photocopies - black and white $0.10
Photocopies - color $0.50
Replacement case - CD/DVD/Blu-Ray $1.00
Replacement Library Card $1.00
  Updated 9/28/2012

Citizen's Request for Reconsideration of a Book

All individuals are welcome to request reconsideration of items held in the Hays Public Library's collection. If you believe an item should not be a part of our collection, click here for a printable reconsideration request form (71kb, requires Adobe Reader).

Memorial Books

If you wish to donate a book to the library in memory of a friend or family, member, please consider the following options:

  1. You may make a cash donation to the library with a request that a certain book or type of book be purchased.
  2. You may make a unrestricted cash donation to the library.
  3. You may donate a book to the library.  However, if the library alread owns a copy of the donated book, there is no guarantee that a second copy will be added to the collection.

When a book is purchased or accepted as a memorial, a bookplate is inserted into the front cover with the name of the honored individual.  Please ask a library staff member for a "Memorial Books" form to fill out.