KDL No Longer Holding Materials in Quarantine; Increasing Branch Capacity and Length of Visits

Now: Increased capacity to 50% of building capacity Beginning October 19: Quarantine of returned materials ends Branch visit time expands to two hours Access time for public computers increases to two hours Effective October 19, KDL will stop quarantining returned library materials. This means items will be processed and go back into circulation after they are returned. This…
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Kent District Library Expands In-Branch Hours, Printing and Scanning Services

Kent District Library is pleased to announce expanded in-branch hours starting Monday, September 21. Branches will return to their normal published hours with one exception ­– all branches will remain closed on Sundays. Curbside pick-up is offered during open hours. For health and safety reasons, KDL will continue to have guidelines in place: Masks are…
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KDL Announces 9th Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest

Kent District Library, Portage Lake District Library and Schuler Books announce the ninth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, which drew over 1,000 Michigan writers last year. Writers of all ages are invited to enter, with separate categories for youth, teens, adults and Spanish language (11 and younger). Winning entries will be published and receive…
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Kent District Library celebrates year of growth, changes and record numbers

The Kent District Library 2019 Annual Report tells the story of another year of new initiatives and increases in the use of library resources. The annual report is available for download at kdl.org/2019AnnualReport, highlighting numerous community needs that are routinely met by the library, including:     Nearly 3,000 children (kindergarten through third grade) launched to reading…
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Kent District Library is Closing the Internet Gap in Kent County by Mailing Hotspots to Households

An expanded initiative by Kent District Library will allow patrons to get Internet access delivered straight to their home. The library has added 700 new hotspots to the collection, increasing the number to 833. The hotspots are part of the Beyond Books Collection and are available to library cardholders age 18 and older. “With an…
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Kent District Library Delivers Summer Fun and Learning Straight to You

Summer looks a little different this year and so does Kent District Library’s summer reading program, but it still contains all the learning, fun and prizes you love… with some bonus excitement! KDL is pleased to introduce Summer Wonder, an at-home, self-guided program for all ages that kicks off Monday, June 1 and extends through…
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KDL Announces 8th Annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest

Kent District Library and Schuler Books announce the eighth annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, which drew over 1,300 Michigan writers last year. Writers of all ages are invited to enter, with separate categories for youth, teens, adults and Spanish language. Winning entries will be published and receive cash prizes. “Write Michigan is an amazing…
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Kent District Library delivers program to give residents access to accredited high school diplomas

Residents in Kent County now have the opportunity to obtain their high school diploma from their local public library. Kent District Library offers Career Online High School from Gale, a Cengage company, making it the first public library system in the state of Michigan to offer qualified residents the chance to earn a free, accredited…
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