News Release: Spread of COVID-19 Prompts Library to Reduce Hours and Close Meeting Rooms

Hello everyone! This is the news release that will be going out today about our changes in operations. If you have questions you can’t answer, please refer them to me or any member of the COVID Team. Thank you, Diana

In response to the uncontrolled transmission of COVID-19, the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will reduce its operating hours and close meeting rooms beginning Monday, November 16. New hours will be 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon – 6 p.m. on Sunday. These changes will be in effect through January 4, 2021.

“We will cease use of meeting rooms and reduce the hours the building is open to the public,” said library CEO Gina Millsap. “The Shawnee County Health Department’s public health order has indicated that gatherings of small and large groups, including family gatherings, are the main risk factor for transmission. It’s in the best interests of the public’s and library employees’ safety to limit opportunities for gathering and to utilize online services when possible.”

Eight Team Rooms will be open for individual use only. For those who need internet access beyond the building hours, an upgraded public Wi-Fi network is available in the library’s central and west parking areas, closest to the building. “Ask-a-Librarian” the library’s information call 785-580-4400, email ask@tscpl.org and texting 785-322-4099 service will continue to operate Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday noon – 9 p.m.

The library can be used with no contact using Curbside Pickup during library hours. Library cardholders can use the Browsing Just for You service to have librarians select items for them and bundle the items for Curbside Pickup. The library is also always available through the Digital Library.

Using the Digital library:

  • The library provides so many great resources people can use from home. With the digital library cardholders can watch movies, read ebooks, listen to audiobooks, access digital magazines, or take an online course. If people don’t have a library card, they can register for a card online for immediate access to the digital library.
  • The library app gives everyone easy access to library resources on their device.
  • We release new videos on the library’s YouTube and Facebook pages weekly. Kids enjoy Musical Storytimes with Kyler on Saturdays plus other storytellers Tuesdays and Thursdays to keep them connected to the people they know best.
  • We host Facebook real-time book chats and reading recommendations on Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m.
  • The Bookmark podcast has recommendations from our librarians—your best resource to find your next book.

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