March 11, 2020
Mid-Continent Public Library is closely monitoring information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and has developed a plan based on the recommendations of health officials to ensure every precaution is taken to keep customers and staff healthy and safe.
Currently, all MCPL locations remain open, and programs and services are continuing as planned. However, the Library is taking additional steps beyond its regular practices to promote health and safety, including cleaning and sanitizing its branches and frequently touched surfaces daily.
Please note that the Library is unable to comprehensively sanitize every single item that is checked out from its branches (books, movies, etc.), and as such, customers are advised to wash their hands after handling materials and avoid touching their faces. That said, the World Health Organization has reported that there is conflicting evidence of how long the virus may persist on surfaces, especially under varying conditions (temperature, humidity, etc.).
The Library will continue to monitor the news and recommendations of health officials and will take additional steps as needed.
If you are unable to visit our branches in person, please note that our digital services are always available! Access eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks; stream movies and music; and use online resources from the comfort of home with your MCPL Access Pass (Library card). For assistance using any of these services, call your local MCPL branch.
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