All Mid-Continent Public Library branches will remain closed until further notice. An extension of the Library’s previously announced closure is necessary due to continued public health concerns brought on by COVID-19. Each of the Library District’s three counties have issued stay-at-home orders for citizens until April 24. The Library will remain closed at least through this date and will continue to monitor the recommendations of public health officials. The safety and health of customers and staff remain the Library’s top priority.
While a firm reopening date has not been established, due dates for all currently checked-out items have been extended to May 15, 2020. In addition, all holds have been extended until the branches reopen, and fines will not accrue during this time as well. Book drops remain closed, so please keep your materials until the Library reopens.
While the physical libraries are closed, we would encourage everyone who is able, to access the virtual library. MCPL has a large, and quickly growing, digital collection that includes:
Be sure to follow the Library on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for daily suggestions and recommendations on ways to take advantage of the many online resources and materials that the Library and its partners provide. MCPL will also continue to build its collection of livestreamed programming, including storytimes.
For more information about COVID-19, here are reliable resources with the latest news and recommendations:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO) – Here are WHO’s top tips:
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly (20-second rule).
- Maintain social distancing.
- Avoid touching your face.
- If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, call your doctor
- Kansas City Health Department
We know there is no substitute for a visit to your local branch, and we are committed to getting our buildings reopened as soon as it is safe. In the meantime, we will be working to find ways to increase what we can offer during the closure and we will communicate with you as anything changes.
Thank you all for your support of Mid-Continent Public Library. We hope to see you soon.
Thank you for thinking of our community first. We will all get through this.
From Susan Mosier (not verified)
Fri, 03/27/2020 - 01:07pm
I sure miss the Library..but the publics safety and the safety of MCPL employees are the most important. Thank you for doing your part. Hope things will be back in order soon.
From Lisa Landis (not verified)
Wed, 04/01/2020 - 10:33am
Since all the drop boxes in Blue Springs are closed when they do open there will be a big influx of books being dropped off. I think the drop box should be open so the books can be collected at some time each week and thoroughly cleaned. This is going to be a huge hazard when you reopen and an unsafe task for your workers.
From RICHARD F LEE (not verified)
Sun, 04/26/2020 - 06:58pm
Thank you for your feedback. MCPL is closely monitoring the recommendations of public health officials and is developing a comprehensive plan to ensure the health and safety of both its customers and staff once services resume at its 32 branches. This plan includes thoroughly cleaning all Library facilities. More information will be released in the coming weeks. Thank you.
From Barbara Waliczek
Mon, 04/27/2020 - 03:24pm