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Library Welcomes Community Back Inside Buildings on June 1

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wane in Kansas City and across the country, the Library is ready to welcome the public back to its physical locations.

“For more than a year, our team has been working incredibly hard to continue to provide vital services,” says Joel Jones, deputy director for library services. “I’ve been blown away by what we’ve been able to accomplish, but our staff are really excited to welcome patrons back into the Library. They miss the smiling faces of so many patrons they have not seen for far too long.”

Starting June 1, 2021, patrons will be able to access nine of 10 Kansas City Public Library locations to retrieve holds, browse the collection, access our computers, and more.

Our Trails West location (11401 E. 23rd St., Independence) is undergoing a facelift and will reopen on June 14.

Some safety protocols will continue.

Meeting and study rooms will not yet be available. Food and drink will not be permitted. Most public programming will continue online, with indoor events returning at a later date. And masks will continue to be required and social distancing is encouraged.

“We are proud of the services we were able to offer over the last year,” Jones said. “But we understand it hasn’t always been easy for the communities we serve to access those services.

“That’s our focus right now. Improving access to the many important services the Library provides. That means allowing people to come right in and pick up their holds without having to call or text first. That means people being able to come in and sign up to use a computer without having to call in advance. That means people being able to browse the shelves or just find a quiet spot to relax and read.”

For more information about our reopening plans or to find out what services are currently available: 

Visit kclibrary.org.

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