Kansas City-area libraries announce phased reopening plans

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Posted at 12:22 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 13:22:49-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As more parts of the Kansas City community start to slowly reopen next Monday, area library systems are announcing similar phased approaches.

The Johnson County Library said Friday that it plans to reestablish service to patrons.

  • On May 18, patrons will be able to drop off materials at the Blue Valley (9000 W. 151st St., Overland Park), Lenexa City Center (8778 Penrose Lane, Lenexa) and Monticello (22435 W. 66th St., Shawnee) branch book drops.
  • Also on May 18, patrons will be able to place new holds on materials on the library’s website.
  • On May 26, patrons who have placed holds can pick them up at the same three branches via a drive-thru window from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Further information about the library’s reopening is available on the website.

The Mid-Content Public Library system also announced reopening details Friday.

  • On May 11, patrons will be allowed to return items to any library using the book drops.
  • On May 18, patrons will be able to pick up items they have put on hold previously using a curbside service.
  • Additional information about the procedures are available on the library’s website.

“We know these past few weeks haven’t been easy,” MCPL Director and CEO Steven V. Potter said Friday in a release. “While we’ve provided a lot of great service online and through digital delivery, we are anxious to get back to the business of serving our communities in person. However, the health and safety of our customers and staff remain our top priority.

"We need to ensure that we are operating as safely as possible. Because of this, we are taking a phased approach to resuming services at our physical locations, starting with curbside service. In the coming weeks, we will continue to monitor the recommendations of government and public health officials and plan for our next steps.”