In response to COVID-19, Kent District Library is taking several steps to protect our staff and the general public – in particular the high-risk populations we serve and the high-risk populations who work and volunteer for the library. This page contains the most up-to-date information pertaining to library services.
- Library Service Updates and Preparedness/Response Plan
- Use KDL Online
- Assistance with Food, Rent, Utilities or Employment
- COVID-19 Information You Can Trust
Current Library Service Status and Preparedness/Response Plan
Kent District Library announces in-branch hours beginning Aug. 5
Kent District Library, which reopened on June 15 with curbside service, is welcoming the general public back with in-branch visits beginning Wednesday, Aug. 5. Limitations and precautions, which meet or exceed health department guidelines, have been put into place for everyone’s safety:
- Masks covering nose and mouth are required.
- In-branch visits up to one hour are welcome.
- Public computer sessions are limited to one hour.
- Children’s play areas and activities will be closed.
- Study rooms will be closed.
- Building occupancy is limited to 25 percent of regular capacity.
- Social distancing guidelines are marked throughout the building.
Initially, in-branch hours will be:
- Monday - Friday, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, except for:
- Kelloggsville Branch open on Tuesday and Thursday only
- Alto and Tyrone Township Branches not open to the public on Mondays; curbside service still available
- Nelson Township Branch closed on Thursdays
- Saturday, standard hours per branch
Curbside service hours will be:
- Monday - Friday, standard hours per branch
- Not available on Saturday
Since initially closing on March 13 due to COVID-19, Kent District Library quickly responded to continue to provide valuable library services to the community, including:
- Launched curbside service June 15, fulfilling more than 145,000 checked-out items in more than 35,000 pickups to date.
- A 49 percent increase in circulation of the digital collection (ebooks and audiobooks).
- A 53 percent increase in use of online databases (magazines and subscription-type services that are free with a library card).
- In the month of June, 529 online programs took place, with 89,197 attendees and 216,476 total views.
- Adding 600 WiFi mobile hotspots, bringing the total to 800 hotspots available for checkout.
- Librarians have continued to be available to the community. Although phone calls and email to the library decreased about 17 percent, online chat sessions increased 352 percent (317 chat sessions in June 2019 compared to 1,434 in June 2020).
Use KDL Online
In the meantime, KDL continues to provide many digital services available to you remotely and for free, such as eBooks and eAudiobooks; streaming TV, movie and music services; and digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines. These are all available online:
Assistance with Food, Rent, Utilities or Employment
COVID-19 Information You Can Trust
Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is crucial. Following are several recommended sources:
- Summary and Updates
- About the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Information for Travelers
- News on COVID-19
- Information for Healthcare Professionals
- Information for Laboratories
- Information for Public Health Professionals
Free Virtual COVID-19 Screening
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- News and FAQ's
- Resources and guidance for: