All Mid-Continent Public Library branches will be closed to the public beginning at noon today (Monday, March 16, 2020) through at least March 31, 2020. This has been a difficult decision for the Library, but it has been made considering all of the best advice from federal, state, and local public health officials.
We know that libraries are vital hubs in our communities, so our default is to assume we should be open to serve especially in difficult times. But we also value the well-being of our customers and staff above all else. All of the information we have received from the public health community suggests that well-being is best served by a period of social distancing. The only way we can ensure that in our libraries is by closing our facilities.
Please remember, all due dates have been extended through April 15. In addition, all holds have been extended until the branches reopen, and fines will not accrue during this time as well. We will be closing book drops, 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 digital collection that includes:
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.
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 (at least three feet from anyone who is coughing or sneezing).
- Avoid touching your face.
- If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, call your doctor.
- Kansas City Health Department
Thank you all for your support of Mid-Continent Public Library. We hope to see you soon.