As of July 14, 2021, the entire King County Library System will be reopened to the public as we enter the long-awaited Phase 4 of Washington State’s pandemic recovery plan.
Governor Jay Inslee recently announced that the state will open up on June 30, citing vaccination rates and decreased COVID-19 cases. Over the last year, KCLS has been proud to offer curbside services in 40 of our branches. We have been offering modified in-building services in 19 libraries since March 2021 when the state went to Phase 3.
We look forward to welcoming patrons back into all our libraries. We know this is a moment many of you have been waiting for and are happy it is nearly here.
The new directive allows us to reopen without capacity limits. As we transition, modified services will be expanded over time. As we increase in-building access, the Library System will phase out contactless Curbside to Go services. For more information, please visit our website: https://kcls.org/visit/.
Patrons and elected officials who have visited our reopened libraries have expressed gratitude and enthusiasm to be back in our buildings and to reconnect with staff and one another.
While our buildings are reopening, KCLS programs and activities will continue to be held online, including our annual Summer Reading Program, now running through August 31. The goal is to read 1,000 minutes or complete 50 early learning activities. Visit kcls.org/summer to sign up, track time, and register for online events.
Please visit us soon and enjoy everything from browsing books to computer use. We are so glad to have you back!