• COVID-19 update: All locations are offering curbside and drive-up services only. Limited in-person services begin March 8. Read more...

COVID-19 Update

Updated March 2, 2021:

Beginning March 8, the Wichita Public Library will move from curbside and drive-up window-only service to "Grab and Go" service at all locations.

What Will Be Available

The following services will be offered beginning March 8:

  • Browsing the shelves for materials to borrow
  • Public computing at most locations
  • Print, copy and fax services inside most locations
  • Designated tables will be available at most locations for people with mobile devices who need to use Wi-Fi
  • Self-check stations for no-contact checkout at most locations
  • Virtual programs via Zoom (most require registration)
  • Test proctoring in a remote/virtual format
  • Book-A-Librarian technology help by appointment only at the Advanced Learning Library
  • Research Pavilion use by appointment only at the Advanced Learning Library

Curbside and drive-up window services will still be available for ADA accommodation.

What Will Continue to be Unavailable

  • Lounging furniture
  • Collaboration rooms
  • The AV Studio at the Advanced Learning Library
  • Room rentals
  • Donations of books and other materials
  • The Friends of the Wichita Public Library used bookstore, located inside the Advanced Learning Library
  • Reverie Coffee Roasters at the Advanced Learning Library

Safety Precautions

Precautions will be in place for the safety of customers and staff, including:

  • Masks or cloth face coverings should be worn over the mouth and nose at all times. Masks or cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children age 2 and under (children age 5 and under are exempt from wearing masks inside City facilities), anyone who has trouble breathing or anyone unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Six-feet social distancing should be maintained
  • Customers should use hand sanitizer or wash their hands before and after their visit
  • Library staff will clean high-touch surfaces throughout the day, and each public computer will be sanitized between uses
  • Capacity limits at each location

Curbside & Drive-up Services

If you are unable to come inside the library, you may use curbside or drive-up window services. The Angelou, Rockwell, Walters, and Westlink branches have designated parking stalls for curbside. The Advanced Learning Library and Alford branch have drive-up windows. The Evergreen temporary location is available for walk-up service.

If you use this service, you can place items on hold through the online catalog or call your preferred library location during regular business hours for staff assistance. Notifications will be sent once your holds are available for pickup. There is a $0.25 hold fee per item placed on hold.

Returning Checked Out Items

Materials drops are available at all locations. Staff will not accept in-person returns at this time. Materials may stay on your account for an additional 24 hours after returned for safe handling. You will not receive additional fees.

Digital Services

The Library has several digital services that cardholders can use to stay informed and entertained:

COVID-19 & Our Community

Vaccinations, Testing, Health Guidance & Data

Food & Other Assistance

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