Library Pausing Operations Over Holidays Due to Local COVID-19 Cases

Monday, 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.

Library locations will close at their normal times on Wednesday, December 23. In addition to protecting the health of both patrons and staff, the holiday pause will enable the Library to maintain adequate staffing across its system.  Locations that are currently in operation will resume available Library services Monday, January 4

The break does not affect the Library’s Digital Branch, which offers a vast collection of eBooks, audiobooks, and other digital materials and resources. They remain available throughout the building closures, as will access to the Post Office boxes at the North-East and Bluford branches, and access to the Library’s free Wi-Fi.

“We know services at our physical locations will be missed,” says John Herron, the Library’s executive director. “But we feel strongly that this extended pause is best for our community as we work together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We encourage patrons to lean even more during this time on our digital offerings, which have been significantly expanded and upgraded over the past nine months. We look forward to reopening our locations on the 4th and safely resuming limited in-person services.”


  • Remote printing and photocopying, faxing, and scanning services will be unavailable during the holiday closure.
  • Kids Café will not operate during the closure. The program will resume January 4 at the L.H. Bluford, Waldo, Southeast, and Trails West branches.
  • Post Office boxes will remain accessible at the Bluford and North-East locations while the Library is closed.  
  • The Library’s Digital Branch remains accessible 24/7 -- you can still enjoy digital materials and resources such as eBooks, audiobooks, streaming videos, and music.
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