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COVID-19 Update

Updated September 9, 2020:

Wichita Public Library locations are open with limited in-person services. The Library is following guidance from the City, County, State and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention regarding best safety practices for customers and staff.

Your Safety is Important

Access to materials on shelves is closed to public browsing. The Institute of Museum and Library Services has sponsored research by the Battelle Laboratory in Ohio regarding the lifespan of COVID-19 on library materials. For this reason:

  • All materials returned to the library are held in quarantine before they are placed back into circulation. You may see library materials remain on your account for additional time. You will not accrue additional fees on your account.
  • We're offering a concierge service for you to retrieve materials. If you have a list of items you'd like to borrow, stop by your library and staff will facilitate your request. Staff can also help you find materials that fit your interests.

What is Available

The following services are currently offered:

Reverie Coffee Roasters Now Open

The Reverie Coffee Roasters Café at the Library, located inside the Advanced Learning Library, has reopened. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. You can order in person or online.

Please be mindful of the Library's mask policy. Customers must wear a cloth face covering or mask while inside the Library. If you'd like to sit and enjoy your beverage, you may use designated picnic tables on the south lawn or on the second floor Reading Terrace.

What is Not Available

  • The Research Pavilion at the Advanced Learning Library is closed.
  • Children's areas at all locations are closed.
  • Collaboration rooms are closed.
  • Room rentals will not take place until a later date.
  • Furniture has been rearranged or removed to encourage social distancing and mitigate gatherings.
  • The Library is not accepting donations of books and other materials during this time.
  • The Friends of the Wichita Public Library used bookstore, located inside the Advanced Learning Library, is closed until a later date to be announced.

Safety Protocols

To provide safe interactions, the following safety protocols will be enforced:

  • Customers and staff are required to wear a cloth face covering. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Floor markers are placed at high traffic areas inside Library locations.
  • Building capacity limits for each location are reduced to reflect social distancing guidelines within the limited areas open for public use.

Curbside & Drive-up Services

Request a Hold

If you would like to check items out, you can place them on hold through the online catalog. You can also call (316) 261-8500 during regular business hours for staff assistance. Notifications will be sent once your holds are available for pickup. Please note: there is a $0.25 fee for each item placed on hold.

Pick Up Your Holds

Curbside service is offered at the Angelou Northeast, Evergreen, Linwood, Rockwell, and Westlink branch libraries. Drive-up windows are located at the Advanced Learning Library and the Alford branch. Holds also may be picked up inside Library buildings with staff assistance.

  • After you receive a notification that your hold is ready, go to the designated Library location to pick up materials
  • When you arrive at the location, proceed to the drive-up window or park and call the number on the outdoor signs to check in with Library staff
  • Library staff will ask for your name and library card number to verify materials
  • Staff will hand materials in a plastic bag to you through the drive-up window or deliver the materials to your vehicle

Returning Checked Out Items

When returning Library items, please use the materials drops. Employees will not accept in-person returns at this time. To ensure safe handling, materials may remain on your account up to five days after you return them. No additional fines will be accrued.

Digital Services

The Library has several digital services that cardholders can use to stay informed and entertained:

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