The Board of Trustees approved an updated version of KCPL's Reopening Plan on April 26, 2021.
The full plan is available here.
KCPL is currently in Phase 5 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
- COVID vaccine is available to all staff and those who have chosen to take it have received it
- 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 & Saturday
- Chestertown In-Building Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm; Saturday 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
- North County In-Building Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm
- Building closes midday for sanitizing
- Public Computers (one-on-one computer help from staff not currently available)
- PS4 (Chestertown only)
- Return materials in outside bookdrops
- Staff reporting to building
- Patron capacity
- Chestertown -- 50
- North County -- 10
- Rock Hall -- 0 (Public access to the Rock Hall Municipal Building is currently restricted)
- Masks and social distancing are required
Yes, we are now offering in-building services on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at our Chestertown location and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at our North County location.
The Rock Hall location does not currently have in-building hours due to the Municipal Building being closed to the public.
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, appointments are not needed for curbside pickup or in-building sessions. For curbside, call us when you arrive or as you're leaving home to let us know you'll be picking up requested items. For coming into the library, just come right in during in-building hours.
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.
High-touch surfaces, including service desks, public computers, and tables, are regularly sanitized.
Library patrons are encouraged to limit the time they spend in the building in order to limit the potential for virus exposure.
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 2 days before being checked in and processed. If an item is still on your account 7 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.