Post Date: Sun, March 15, 2020

 With Kansas City’s stay-at-home order due to expire May 15, 2020, the Library is working out the details of a careful, phased-in reopening of its physical locations. All have been closed since late March to mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak. A timeline for the staggered reopening is still being determined.

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Post Date: Tue, March 24, 2020

KCQ tackles the coronavirus question of the moment: What is opened, closed under order?

Post Date: Mon, April 13, 2020

Need a break from 24/7 information on the pandemic? Many local institutions and organizations are adapting their content and programming (for free) during this time of sheltering in place. Here are some links to just a few.

Post Date: Wed, May 27, 2020

Kids Café returns Monday, June 1, 2020, providing nutritious after-school and summer meals and allowing Library staff to reconnect with youth at our Southeast, Trails West, Waldo, and L.H. Bluford branches. Learn more about the Library’s efforts to bridge the nutrition gap.

Post Date: Wed, March 2, 2022

The Library is entering another chapter in the resumption of many of our important community services and programs. Beginning Monday, March 7, 2022, we are carefully reintroducing in-person events and activities inside our buildings, restoring meeting and study room capacities to usual levels, and relaxing several other policies. Learn more about recent changes.

Post Date: Tue, April 28, 2020

The world is changing – in so many ways – amid a COVID-19 pandemic that has seen everything from schools to restaurants close as governors across the country issue shelter-in-place orders, requiring residents to stay at home unless travel is absolutely necessary.  The Kansas City Public Library has had to adapt, too. But it continues to offer, and in some cases bolster, an array of services that might be more valuable to patrons and the wider community than ever.

Post Date: Wed, November 11, 2020

For parents trying to navigate Kansas City’s many public, charter, and private school options, the City School Fair is an invaluable resource. The annual event will be held virtually this year, and the Library is working to ensure everyone has access.

Post Date: Mon, March 14, 2022

One more step toward normal, or new-normal, operations … Beginning Monday, March 14, 2022, the Kansas City Public Library is easing mask requirements inside its buildings. Masking will be optional – no longer required – for patrons, visitors, and staff at all 10 locations


Post Date: Wed, May 13, 2020

The Kansas City Public Library recently partnered with Swope Health to expand COVID-19 testing, providing tests at no charge to anyone who is exhibiting coronavirus symptoms, has come in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus, or is in a group at risk of experiencing more severe symptoms.

Post Date: Mon, December 14, 2020

Amid public health concerns about the transmission of COVID-19 over the holidays, the Kansas City Public Library will close all locations from December 24, 2020, through January 3, 2021. Locations that are currently in operation will resume available Library services Monday, January 4. Learn more about the holiday schedule and how it impacts services.

Post Date: Fri, November 13, 2020

Update: All Libraries are now open to the public. Learn more > The Kansas City Public Library is temporarily closing its Ruiz and Sugar Creek locations, consolidating staff and services at larger locations amid the worsening COVID-19 outbreak. The pause in services at the two locations takes effect Monday, November 16, 2020.

Post Date: Wed, May 13, 2020

Beginning Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the Library initiates a phased-in reintroduction of some services and operations.  We begin with a new Pop In/Pick Up contact-free holds service, allowing patrons to pick up holds at five locations during designated hours, expanding to others in the coming weeks. But anxious as we are – and know that you are, too – we will remain cautious and deliberate. Read more about what our next steps are.

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Post Date: Tue, May 11, 2021

The Library is preparing to reopen our physical doors and welcome the Kansas City community back inside. Between now and June 1, we are working to make our spaces ready for you. We’re excited to see you soon, and here's what you can expect. 

Post Date: Fri, November 12, 2021

The Kansas City Public Library has taken another step toward normal operations, reopening many of the study and meeting rooms across its system. Beginning Monday, November 15, 2021, patrons can reserve spaces for individual and group study, for small conferences or committee gatherings, for business meetings, community speaking events, and similar activities. 

Post Date: Mon, July 20, 2020

The Missouri Valley Room in the Central Library is now accepting appointments for visitors to conduct special collections research. Learn more about the guidelines and how to schedule a session.

Post Date: Tue, October 27, 2020

The Kansas City Public Library is piloting a new service at our Plaza location that allows families to safely browse through its collection and access computers in the Kid Corner. Learn more about how it works and how to make an appointment.

Post Date: Fri, December 17, 2021

The KCQ team answered your top coronavirus questions to make sure you have the information you need before gathering for the holidays.

Post Date: Thu, March 25, 2021

The Library is adding hours to current operating schedules at its Plaza and Southeast locations, expanding availability of services such as Pop In / Pick Up and computer appointments. Learn more about the schedule changes.

Post Date: Tue, July 21, 2020

Patrons welcome the return of public computer sessions – along with fax and printing services – as the Kansas City Public Library continues to work to bridge the digital divide. Read more about how we are safely providing crucial connectivity to the communities we serve.

Post Date: Fri, January 8, 2021

The Library’s Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., will remain closed until further notice after learning a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. That staff member worked the week of January 4, 2021.