In an effort to decrease risk among customers and staff during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Mid-Continent Public Library System has taken the following actions, effective immediately and will remain in effect until at least April 15.
MCPL has cancelled all programs (including storytimes), extended due dates on all currently checked-out items, reduced the Library-By-Mail service, cancelled outreach efforts by MCPL staff members and cancelled all room reservations.
At this time, all the of the library branches remain open and the library system will continue to promote health and safety within its facilities by increasing its practices of cleaning and sanitizing frequently touched surfaces.
Please note that the library is unable to comprehensively sanitize every single item that is checked out from its branches, and as such, customers are advised to wash their hands after handling materials and avoid touching their faces. That said, the World Health Organization has reported there is conflicting evidence of how long the virus may persist on surfaces, especially under varying conditions.
The library will continue to monitor the news and recommendations of health officials and will take additional steps as needed.
MCPL strongly encourages all customers who are able, to access information via its digital library. Access eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks; stream movies and music; and use online resources from the comfort of home with the MCPL Access Pass. For assistance using any of these services, call the local MCPL branch.