All KCLS Libraries are closed to the public. These closures remain in effect until further notice to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Like neighboring library systems in Seattle, Pierce and Snohomish Counties, this decision was made out of the utmost concern for the health, safety and well-being of library patrons, staff and the community. The scientific evidence that social distancing can help stop the spread of COVID-19 is a compelling factor in taking this precautionary step.
“Public libraries have always been about community, and the safety of our communities is paramount,” said KCLS Executive Director Lisa Rosenblum. “We value your understanding of our decision during this challenging time.”
During the closure, library customers should keep items currently checked out until KCLS reopens or until further notice. All due dates have been automatically been extended until July 15, 2020. We are also waiving all late fees accrued during the closure (starting on March 1). Library staff will continue to work while buildings are closed.
During the closure, patrons are encouraged to use KCLS’ online resources and services. Residents in KCLS’ service area can sign up instantly for a digital eCard for access to:
- Streaming TV and movies
- Online databases and more
- Tax filing resources
- 2020 Census
As the situation evolves, KCLS is following mandates from Washington state Governor Jay Inslee and Public Health—Seattle & King County. KCLS is planning a phased return to in-library services when safe to do so. We are preplanning for curbside pickups of holds and other materials once staff is back in buildings.
Stay connected to KCLS by:
- Visiting our website.
- Following us on social media (Facebook and Twitter).
- Checking out KCLS blogs, podcasts, booklists and newsletters.
We're open for phone, email, and chat. Visit our Contact Us page for hours and contact information during the closure.
Frequently Asked Questions
We know you have many questions about your library during the coronavirus pandemic and what to expect while libraries are closed. These FAQs will be regularly updated.
Information from Local, State, and National Agencies
- Coronavirus Information from Public Health – Seattle and King County. Includes fact sheets in many languages.
- Anti-Stigma Resources from Public Health – Seattle and King County
- Washington State Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
News and Reference Articles
Coronavirus Call Centers
If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 or are a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19:
- Contact the King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center.
For general questions about COVID-19 or Washington State's response:
- Contact the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center.