Johnson County Library will reopen all 14 of its branches to the public on Monday, June 15 with limited services. Hours of operation will be announced next Friday, June 12 as we determine staffing resources. We anticipate opening with reduced hours to allow the Library to sanitize public areas and safely process materials.
Beginning Monday, June 8, you may begin returning materials to your preferred branch. Returns are accepted 24/7 in our exterior book drops, and will continue to be quarantined for 72 hours through June 15 as we work to rebuild staff capacity.
Items checked out prior to our March 15 closure are due June 30, and fines will begin to accrue on these items starting July 1. You may renew items that do not have hold requests.
Initial services are limited to quick browsing, checkouts and computer usage with an emphasis on reduced interactions with staff. Staff will be available for directional questions and help with self-check machines only. Please bring your library card or card number with you for checkout. Services offered at all 14 branches are:
- Item returns
- Hold pick up
- Browsing the collection
- Check out materials via self-check
- Public computers (one-hour time limit)
- Self-service printing and faxing (faxing available at select locations)
- Interlibrary Loan
- New library card applications
At this time we will not be offering:
- Meeting, conference and study room access
- In-person programs and events
- The Black & Veatch MakerSpace at the Central Resource Library
- Summer Reading book distribution
- Shared items such as magazines, newspapers, and children's toys
We will update you as additional services resume. Please see our updated FAQ for detailed information on specific Library services and safety protocols, including the following:
We strongly encourage both patrons and staff wear masks for the safety of everyone in our buildings.
While there will be no occupancy restrictions for our branches, in accordance with the Board of County Commissioners' reopening guidance, we ask that visitors practice physical distancing of at least six feet between staff and fellow patrons while inside Library buildings. Staff will also be behind plexiglass barriers.
We still encourage patrons, especially those in high-risk categories, to take advantage of our three drive-thru locations at Blue Valley, Lenexa City Center and Monticello branches when possible for contactless holds pick up. We are currently exploring options for contactless holds pick up at all 14 branch locations.
All events will continue to be held virtually this summer, including Summer Reading programming and the Johnson County Library Foundation's annual fundraising event Library Lets Loose on September 12.
Patrons with holds on their account will receive a separate email with additional information on resuming holds and updating pick up locations if desired.
Thank you for your continued support of Johnson County Library!