All libraries are now open. Hours, services, and health rules have changed.
Services will be modified at first and will expand over time. You can pick up holds, browse, use computers, print, and get help from staff inside any library. Most book returns and Self-Check-in stations are still open 24/7. (You won't be charged late fees until further notice.) However, we aren't returning to full service yet. Find out what will be different the next time you visit.
Health and Safety Rules
New King County Health recommendations went into effect on Tuesday, July 27. Masks are required for unvaccinated people and recommended for all patrons ages 5 and up. Library staff are required to wear masks in all libraries and other buildings.
You can eat or drink inside the building. Masks should only be removed if actively eating or drinking.
Libraries are operating at 100% capacity. Physical distancing is no longer required.
Curbside to Go pickup has ended. You can no longer pick up curbside holds, prints, or surprise bags at any library.
You can still pick up holds 24/7 in lockers at Bothell and Covington. We're actively working to expand lockers to more locations.
Hours have changed at all locations.
We no longer close throughout the day for cleaning.
You can find new hours on your library's location page.
Computers are available by drop-in or reservation.
Book Sale Shelves
You can buy used books at Friends of the Library book sale shelves at some libraries. Contact your local library for more information.
What isn't available, even now that all libraries are open?
Sunday and Monday Hours
Libraries are open from Tuesday to Saturday. All locations are still closed on Sundays and Mondays. Most libraries are open five days a week. A few libraries are open three or four days a week. Some locations have reduced the number of days or hours they are open each week.
Meeting, Study, and Conference Rooms
Meeting, study, and conference rooms are closed. You won't be able to book a room until further notice.
For now, Makerspaces remain closed. We do not yet have a date to share for when they may reopen.
Events Inside the Library
Magazines and Newspapers
Magazines and newspapers aren't available for browsing.
Book Donations and Sale Events
We're not accepting book donations or offering Friends Book Sale events.
Volunteer Opportunities Inside the Library
No volunteer opportunities are available inside library buildings. Instead, several online opportunities are available.
We have distributed the staff we have across our libraries so that we can open every building. We will be working to expand hours and services as soon as we can.