(Kansas City, Mo.) – In an effort to be proactive in protecting the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and community during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Kansas City Public Library is closing all 10 locations beginning Monday, March 16, until further notice. This includes all classes, activities, and outreach services.
The decision is a difficult one. We care deeply about serving our community, recognizing that the Library and its many services are an invaluable resource. But we feel this is the responsible thing to do at this time. Institutional closings are inevitable, and the longer we delay, the less benefit is derived. We hope that this decision – and similar action being taken by other institutions, agencies, and organizations – will maximize the benefits of recommended social distancing.
All Library locations will be open until 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, which is the last day patrons can check out materials or pick up holds. Holds will be maintained until the Library reopens. Patrons are asked not to return books and other Library materials via our outside drop boxes during this time even if the items are due for return. There is no penalty as the Library eliminated fines for overdue materials.
Patrons still can access the Library’s extensive menu of digital resources, including e-books, e-magazines, downloadable audiobooks and streaming movies, music and television shows, as well as online research and learning tools. Those who don’t yet have a Library card can get immediate access by signing up at kclibrary.org for an e-card.
In the meantime, the Library is encouraging patrons to stay informed on the outbreak through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Jackson County Health Department, and Kansas City Health Department