Updated October 20, 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.
Access to materials on shelves is closed to public browsing. The Institute of Museum and Library Services has sponsored research by the Battelle Laboratory in Ohio regarding the lifespan of COVID-19 on library materials. For this reason:
The following services are currently offered:
The Reverie Coffee Roasters Café at the Library, located inside the Advanced Learning Library, has reopened. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. You can order in person or online.
Customers must wear a cloth face covering or mask while inside the Library. If you'd like to sit and enjoy your beverage, you may use designated picnic tables on the south lawn or on the second floor Reading Terrace.
To provide safe interactions, the following safety protocols will be enforced:
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. Please note: there is a $0.25 fee for each item placed on hold.
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.
When returning Library items, please use the materials drops. Employees will not accept in-person returns at this time. To ensure safe handling, materials may remain on your account up to five days after you return them. No additional fines will be accrued.
The Library has several digital services that cardholders can use to stay informed and entertained: