The global spread of COVID-19 is a rapidly-evolving situation. Johnson County Library wants to keep our patrons informed about the virus, as well as preventative measures the Library is taking in response. Check this page for the latest updates from trusted resources, as well as any potential changes to Library programs and services. See our FAQ for patrons »
March 23, 2020
Following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding social distancing, all Johnson County Library branch locations will be closed at 5 pm Saturday, March 14 through Thursday, April 23 to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. The Library serves and employs a number of at-risk populations, with an average of 35,000 patrons per week entering our facilities. The health and safety of our patrons, staff and the community at-large is the highest priority during this uncertain time.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. In conjunction with local, state and Federal government authorities/organizations, the Library is carefully and continuously monitoring information from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will continue to post updates on jocolibrary.org and social media channels regarding the operating status of Library facilities, resumption of affected Library services and the rescheduling of canceled events.
There will be no interruptions in access to the Library’s wide variety of online resources while branch locations are closed, including local and national eNewspapers, eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines, as well as on-demand video platforms and educational services. Our eLibrary is available for remote access 24/7. Log in with your Library card or eCard.
jocogov.org/coronavirus is where you can find a general FAQ and more information about Johnson County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed its first presumptive-positive case of COVID-19 in Johnson County on March 7. At the Library, the safety and welfare of our patrons, volunteers and staff is a high priority. The Library’s administration is monitoring the situation and following precautionary recommendations from JCDHE, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Watch the County’s press conference.
Below is a list of websites and library resources assembled by Library staff to help patrons stay informed on the latest news and developments about the virus:
County: The Johnson County Health and Environment has a resource page that includes a FAQ, notices on travel, information about preventing the spread of the virus, and even a “JoCo on the Go” podcast episode by local health experts.
State: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has a page dedicated to COVID-19, including Frequently Asked Questions, a fact sheet, and guidance for schools, day care facilities, and public health professionals.
Federal: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides daily situational reports, a FAQ, and tracks new cases in the United States.
The United States National Library of Medicine, one of the world’s largest medical libraries and part of the National Institutes of Health, tracks clinical studies of the virus and is a rich resource on current scientific writings:
Global: Be sure to visit the World Health Organization, where you can access a daily situation report that tracks the outbreak.
The Johnson County Library also has access to medical databases, accessible with a library card and PIN, including MedLinePlus and Consumer Health Complete, which gives user access to medical journals and magazine articles, in addition to other useful and timely information.