Mid-Continent Public Library reverts to curbside, drive-up services only

7 branches closed this week due to COVID-19
Raytown MCPL library branch
Posted at 6:30 PM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 19:30:03-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With seven branches closed due to potential COVID-19 exposures, Mid-Continent Public Library said all open branches will revert to curbside and drive-up service only.

No in-branch services will be available starting Monday.

A spokesperson said Friday MCPL leaders made the decision “based on the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the metro area.”

The spokesperson said WiFi will be available outside the branches.

The Camden Point, Edgerton, Dearborn and Excelsior Springs branches as well as the Woodneath Library Center all closed Friday after potential exposures to the virus.

The Smithville and Blue Springs South locations closed earlier in the week due to the virus.

The branches with possible exposures were closed immediately after positive tests and the library is working to identify and notify customers who may have visited the branches on specific dates.

MCPL said the branches are professionally deep cleaned and library staff is monitored before returning to work.

Book drops remain open and hold times will be extended at closed branches.

The closed branches will join the rest of MCPL in curbside and drive-up services once reopened.