The Board of Trustees approved an updated version of KCPL's Reopening Plan on March 2, 2021.
The full plan is available here.
KCPL is currently in Phase 4 of the Reopening Plan.
- Kent County remains under 10% positivity rate for COVID-19
- No rapid rise in Kent County's COVID-19 positivity rate
- KCPS has moved to hybrid instruction
- PPE and public sanitation stations are in place and available for staff and public use
- Digital Library
- Online library card application
- Drive-up Wi-Fi at all locations
- Reference services
- Virtual programming
- Limited in-person outdoor programming with social distancing and PPE is possible
- Contactless pickup of materials
- All locations
- No appointment needed
- Limited in-building services
- Chestertown & North County locations
- Tuesday & Thursday
- Building opens on the hour each hour for 30-minute sessions
- Building closes after each 30-minute session for sanitizing
- Public Computers (one-on-one computer help from staff not currently available)
- Return materials in outside bookdrops
- Staff reporting to building
- Patron capacity
- Chestertown -- 25
- North County -- 5
- Rock Hall -- 0 (Public access to the Rock Hall Municipal Building is currently restricted)
- Masks and social distancing are required
Yes, beginning Tuesday, March 23rd, we are offering in-building services on Tuesdays and Thursdays at our Chestertown and North County locations. Click here for service hours.
On these days, the buildings will be open for 30 minute sessions, followed by 30 minute closures to allow for sanitizing of public computers and other high-touch surfaces.
Open sessions will begin on the hour and end after 30 minutes. For example, the first open session of the day will start at 10am and end at 10:30am. The first closure of the day will take place 10:30am to 11am.
During in-building sessions, you will be able to pick up items on hold, browse the stacks, use public computers, print/copy/fax, and get help from library staff.
No, we will continue to offer contactless pickup at all three locations.
Curbside pickup can be used for items that are on hold, print jobs (see below for additional information on how to send a document for printing), and to-go kits without entering the building.
No, we have replaced Library To Go appointments with on-demand curbside pickup. Call us when you arrive or as you're leaving home to let us know you'll be picking up requested items and we will bring your items out to you.
In order to create a safe and healthy space for all members of our community, KCPL requires that you wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Masks must be worn properly covering the mouth and nose.
Hand sanitation stations are available at all KCPL locations.
All returns must be made via the outside bookdrops.
Please do not bring them into the building or attempt to hand them to staff.
Yes, to protect library patrons and staff, all materials must be returned in the outside bookdrop and will be taken directly to the quarantine space.
All returned materials are being quarantined for 5 days before being checked in and processed. If an item is still on your account 10 days after you returned it, please let us know.
KCPL is now fine free, so you do not need to worry about overdue fees!
During in-building hours, you can pay by cash, check, or credit card at the main desk in Chestertown. Cash and check are also accepted at the North County and Rock Hall locations.
For contactless payment, you can pay by check. Please call 410-778-3636 to verify the amount before mailing your check.
Yes, limited printing (up to 10 pages) is available via curbside pickup at no charge.
To submit a document for printing, please attach it to an email and send to email@example.com
Please include your name and phone number in the email so we can contact you if we have questions about your print request.
When your document has been printed and is ready to be picked up, we will contact you.
If you have questions about this process, please call 410-778-3636.
No. At this time, we are not able to accept donations of books or other materials.
For more information about book donations, please contact the Friends of Kent County Public Library.