Our Path to Reopening

Our Path to Reopening

Some libraries begin to reopen with modified services. Others expected in the upcoming months. Learn more about our reopening plan.

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We’re pleased to announce that we have reopened several libraries.

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate the challenges of COVID-19. The health and safety of our staff and visitors remains our top priority as we take the next step in reopening.

We can't wait to see you again.

Learn more about contactless and in-building services.

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Phase 1

Available services

KCLS offers online services and programs.

  • Digital collections.
  • Online programming.
  • Ask KCLS by phone, email, chat.

Not Available

  • All libraries remain closed to the public.
  • Mobile outreach services not available.
  • All book returns closed; no returns allowed.

Phase 1.5

Available services

KCLS offers online services and programs.

  • Digital collections.
  • Online programming.
  • Ask KCLS by phone, email, chat.

Some staff in buildings with physical distancing and health protocols in place, preparing for subsequent phases.

Some book drops open with strict guidelines.

Not Available

  • All libraries remain closed to the public.
  • Mobile outreach services not available.

Phase 2

Available services

Place holds, pick up materials and printing with contactless Curbside to Go at some locations.

Locker pickups available at Bothell and Covington Libraries, 24/7.

Online services and programs continue (digital collections, programs and Ask KCLS).

Some manual book drops open to return materials.

Limited mobile outreach services.

Staff in buildings with masks and physical distancing and health protocols in place.

Not Available

  • All libraries remain closed to the public.

Current Phase: Phase 3

Available services

Partial reopening at some libraries with 25-50% capacity.

Modified in-library services and technology offered at some libraries, with reduced hours and limited access.

Curbside to Go, Locker and printing pickup continues at some locations.

Online services and programs continue (digital collections, programs and Ask KCLS).

Limited mobile outreach services.

Some manual book drops open to return materials.

Mask and physical distancing requirements remain in place.

Staff in buildings with physical distancing and health protocols in place.

Not Available

  • Meeting and study rooms closed.
  • No large public gatherings or in-library events.

Phase 4

Available services

KCLS returns to standard business practices while continuing to offer services in new ways learned during the pandemic.

  • Libraries open.
  • Meeting and study rooms open, pending Administration approval.
  • Large public gathering allowed inside libraries.
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