KC Public Libraries to welcome back the public on June 1

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wane in Kansas City and across the country, the Kansas City Public 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.”

Beginning June 1, 2021, patrons will be able to access nine of 10 Kansas City Public Library locations – including the Central Library in Downtown – to retrieve holds, browse the collection, access library computers, and more. The Trails West location in 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.”

For more information about the Library’s reopening plans or to find out what services are currently available online at kclibrary.org/reopen. Or, feel free to call 816-701-3407 or via email.

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