Out of an abundance of caution, beginning Monday, November 16, Kent District Library will close its branches to in-person visits but will continue to offer curbside pickup services, online programs and expanded online resources. Curbside service is available during normal branch hours so there is no interruption for patrons who check out items, while online programs and other resources are available 24/7.
“The closure of several branches over the past couple of weeks has made it clear that we must take further steps in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said KDL’s Executive Director Lance Werner. “The safety of people who visit the library and our staff is our utmost priority.”
Curbside service is easy and safe:
- Visit www.kdl.org, search the catalog and place items on hold, indicating the branch location for pickup.
- After receiving notification that items are ready for pick-up, visit the branch during normal open hours and park in one of the designated Curbside Pick-up spots.
- Call the number listed on the signs in the parking lot; please have your library card number ready.
- A library staff member will bring the items to the car.
Patrons are also encouraged to access library services online. KDL offers cardholders access to several digital content providers —Freegal, Overdrive, Hoopla and RBdigital. These providers offer digital content in a variety of formats including audiobooks, ebooks, music, movies, magazines and more. All of KDL’s digital resources can be accessed at www.kdl.org/virtual.
KDL will continue to offer online programs at www.kdl.org/livestream.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, KDL has continued to provide services to patrons. In March, online services were expanded and live streamed programming began in April. Curbside service was introduced in June and free printing launched in August. KDL has streamed over 1,100 programs online since late March, with over 140,000 attendees watching live and over 400,000 recording views.
Check kdl.org for future updates as Kent District Library plans to have their branches back open soon.