Social distancing. Limited capacity. Personal protective equipment. None of these are novel ideas; all will be in place as KPL begins to reopen June 22.

Had I known my last trip to the library was my last trip for 3 months, I would have checked out more materials. I've been carrying 3 books and a couple of graphic novels around in the backseat of my car for quite some time waiting for a chance to drop them off and get something new. All five branches of Kalamazoo Public Library have been closed since March 14.

Now it's time for the next chapter: reopening. Right now, KPL branches are taking curbside returns, which will go through a disinfecting process before being re-shelved 72 hours later. Public access is granted beginning June 22 with many protective guidelines in effect:

  • No entry with COVID-19 symptoms
  • Maximum 25% building capacity
  • Face covering required
  • Patrons must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another
  • Users will have 1-hour maximum to browse, use the computer and check out materials
  • Maximum of 10 checked-out materials on each library account
  • Hand sanitizer and wipes are available
  • KPL staff will regularly disinfect all high-touch surface areas

Temporary Hours:

  • Central Branch | Mon-Fri 10-6 | Sat 10-2
  • Oshtemo | Mon-Thur 11-6 | Fri 11-5 | Sat 10-2
  • Alma Powell (Northside) | Mon-Thur 1-6 | Fri 1-5
  • Eastwood | Mon-Thur 1-6 | Fri 1-5
  • Washington Square | Mon-Thur 1-6 | Fri 1-5

All branches are closed Sunday.

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