Johnson County libraries to close through March 31

Posted at 2:48 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 15:48:52-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Johnson County libraries will close through March 31.

A statement released Saturday stated that beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, all branches will close “to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19.”

“In conjunction with local, state and Federal government authorities/organizations, the library is carefully and continuously monitoring information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” the statement read. “We will continue to post updates on and social media channels regarding the operating status of library facilities, resumption of affected library services and the rescheduling of canceled events.”

No fines will be accrued during the closure, and pick-up dates for items on hold will be adjusted, the release stated.

The library’s online resources will not be affected.

The closures come as the Johnson County announced its fifth coronavirus case and the county declared a state of emergency.

More information on how Johnson County is handling the coronavirus pandemic can be found on the county website.