Contactless Library Services Continue as Plans Develop for Limited In-building Services

On Thursday, January 28, Governor Jay Inslee announced that King County is eligible to move to Phase 2 starting February 1.

Under Phase 2, the Washington State Safe Start plan (PDF) allows libraries to provide limited in-building service. Occupancy cannot exceed 25% of building capacity.

We are working on plans and protocols to accommodate this change. The health and safety of our staff and visitors is our top priority as we develop these plans.

Patrons can expect to see:

  • Curbside to Go service continuing at many libraries.
  • Limited open hours for services and access to technology at select libraries.
  • Masks, physical distancing and health protocols in place.
  • Online services and programming continuing through all phases.

We will announce when select libraries will be open for limited in-building service.

The King County Library System continues to follow current state guidance. Contactless services include Curbside to Go holds pickupbook returns, and printing pickup. These are available at select libraries.

Exterior lockers at Bothell and Covington libraries offer 24/7 pickup of items on hold.

Since March 2020, all online resources have been available to patrons. This includes the full digital collectionlearning resources, and virtual events and programs.

Updated January 29, 2021