Kansas City Public Library's Response to COVID-19

Masks are required to enter the library

The Kansas City Public Library’s priority during the COVID-19 pandemic has been, and remains, the health and safety of its staff and the community it serves. The Library will continue to require masks inside all physical locations, as many of our patrons have not yet received vaccinations or are part of populations lacking equal access to vaccinations. Wearing masks helps ensure the safety of all Library guests and staff. The Library will continue to monitor vaccination rates in Kansas City, Missouri, and the wider metropolitan area to continually reevaluate our masking requirement.

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(as of November 1, 2021)

  • Masks must be worn by guests age 2 and up.
  • Masks must meet CDC recommendations (details at cdc.gov).
  • Masks must be worn properly, fully covering both nose and mouth.
  • Mask substitutes not permitted:
    • Face shields alone (pairing with mask OK)
    • Handkerchiefs tied around the face
    • Single-layer gaiters (can use a double-layer gaiter or fold it to make two layers)
    • Masks with valves (vents allow virus to escape)
  • Food and drink not permitted inside the Library.
  • Visitors must comply with occupancy limits for Library buildings and spaces.
  • Patrons should follow instructions provided by Library staff relative to safe use of our facilities.
  • Feeling sick? Please don’t visit for now and help keep everyone healthy. We’ll see you once you’re well!


(as of Nov. 15, 2021)

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(as of Nov. 15, 2021)


  • Hand sanitizer readily available in public areas.
  • Protective Plexiglas shields installed in service areas.
  • Computer stations arranged for physical distancing. Keyboards and tables are cleaned regularly.
  • Public areas have been organized for physical distancing. High-touch areas are regularly cleaned.
  • Children’s areas and toys undergo thorough regular cleaning.

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