Your Library is Ready to Reopen June 1

Wednesday, May 26, 2021


Reopening Day - June 1, 2021

Ready to Reopen – Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Library to limit public access to its buildings to ensure the safety of our patrons and our staff. Although our physical doors were closed, we continued working to meet the needs of the Kansas City community by shifting to by-appointment services, launching more online programming, and reimagining the many ways we provide essential community resources.

As the number of vaccinated people in the region, state, and nation continues to rise, and new COVID-19 cases are trending lower, the Library is making final preparations to welcome the public back into our physical spaces on June 1, 2021.  

As we reopen our doors, our main priority continues to be the safety of staff and patrons. Masks continue to be required inside all Library spaces to protect those who may be immunocompromised, cannot yet receive vaccines, or lack equal access to vaccines. We’ve rearranged furniture and reconfigured spaces to ensure proper social distancing. And we’re taking other steps to provide a safe and welcoming experience for you and others as you once again visit inside our buildings and make use of Library resources and services. 

We look forward to seeing you in person beginning June 1. Here are a few things to know about the reopening process:  


  • Masks required for patrons and staff in all Library spaces. 
                    *Trails West Branch will be closed until June 14 for interior renovations. 
  • Returns: Borrowed books, DVDs, and CDs can be placed in outdoor drop boxes or indoor returns areas. 
  • Technology Services: Public computers are available without appointments. Patrons can use Library print, fax, and scan services. Free wireless internet is available inside and outside all locations. Internet to Go kits can be reserved and checked out. 
  • Library Spaces: Guests may sit, relax, and read in public areas. Furniture has been spaced out and barriers installed to provide proper social distancing. 
  • Kids Café will continue as a grab-and-go service at the Library’s Bluford, Southeast, Trails West, and Waldo locations. (View schedule on our calendar
  • Food and drink not permitted inside the Library. 
  • Feeling sick? Please don’t visit for now to help keep everyone healthy. We’ll see you once you’re well! 



  • Hand sanitizer readily available in public areas. 
  • Protective plexiglas shields installed in service areas. 
  • Computer stations arranged for physical distancing. Keyboards and tables are cleaned regularly. 
  • Public areas have been organized for physical distancing. High-touch areas are regularly cleaned.  
  • Children’s areas and toys undergo thorough regular cleaning. 

More information on additional services and resources will be coming soon. Stay up to date on the latest Library news: