The various branches of the Wichita Public Library https://www.wichitalibrary.org/, including the Main Library, are somewhat open. Here are the restrictions – https://www.wichitalibrary.org/covid-19. Not listed below, but returned items will be placed in quarantine temporarily. I saw it elsewhere. No word on how long the quarantined items will be unavailable. On June 12th, I saw a related post – My Library Drive Thru is OPEN! — Book Coffee Happy.
Updated June 1, 2020:
Wichita Public Library locations are open with limited in-person services. The Library is following guidance from the City, County, State and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention regarding best safety practices for customers and staff.
The first hour of operation Monday-Saturday at each location will be reserved for vulnerable populations. This includes seniors, pregnant people, individuals with compromised immune systems and other at-risk populations.
What is Available
The following services are currently offered:
- Holds pickup (curbside, drive-up window, and inside Library locations with staff assistance)
- Public computing and Wi-Fi access with limited seating capacity
- Print, copy and fax services
- Book-A-Librarian technology help by appointment only at the Advanced Learning Library
What is Not Available
- Shelves are not available for browsing. Library staff can retrieve materials for you.
- The Research Pavilion at the Advanced Learning Library is closed.
- Children’s areas at all locations are closed.
- Collaboration rooms are closed.
- In-person programs, events and room rentals will not take place until a later date.
- Furniture has been rearranged or removed to encourage social distancing and mitigate gatherings.
- The Library is not accepting donations of materials during this time.
- The Friends of the Wichita Public Library used bookstore, located inside the Advanced Learning Library, is closed until a later date to be announced.
To provide safe interactions, the following safety protocols will be enforced:
- Customers and staff are required to wear a cloth face covering. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Floor markers are placed at high traffic areas inside Library locations.
- Building capacity limits for each location will be reduced to reflect social distancing guidelines within the limited areas open for public use.
Curbside & Drive-up Services
Request a Hold
If you would like to check items out, you can place them on hold through the online catalog. You can also call (316) 261-8500 during regular business hours for staff assistance. Notifications will be sent once your holds are available for pickup.
Pick Up Your Holds
Curbside service is offered at the Angelou Northeast, Evergreen, Linwood, Rockwell, and Westlink branch libraries. Drive-up windows are located at the Advanced Learning Library and the Alford branch. Holds also may be picked up inside Library buildings with staff assistance.
- After you receive a notification that your hold is ready, go to the designated Library location to pick up materials
- When you arrive at the location, proceed to the drive-up window or park and call the number on the outdoor signs to check in with Library staff
- Library staff will ask for your name and library card number to verify materials
- Staff will hand materials in a plastic bag to you through the drive-up window or deliver the materials to your vehicle
Returning Checked Out Items
Please use materials drops for items being returned to the Library. Employees will not accept in-person returns at this time. Materials may remain on your account up to four days after returning them for safe handling. No additional fees will be accrued.
The Library has several digital services cardholders can use to stay informed and entertained:
- E-books and e-audiobooks on Libby, by OverDrive
- E-books and e-audibooks for kids, including Scholastic BookFlix for grades Pre-K through 3.
- Digital magazines on Flipster
- Research databases, including Ancestry Library Edition (until the end of June), Foundation Directory Online (through August 31), and NewsBank (always available)
- Learn a language with Mango
- Become an informed voter
More Information about COVID-19 & Local Impacts
- City of Wichita updates on COVID-19 impact to local government
- Sedgwick County Health Department COVID-19 data dashboard (dashboard is not mobile-friendly; best viewed on computer screen)
- Kansas Department of Health & Environment Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
- CDC information about COVID-19
- World Health Organization information about Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic