Library Closed Until Further Notice

In an effort to be proactive in protecting the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and community during the COVID-19 outbreak, North Kansas City Public Library will be temporarily closed beginning Monday, March 16, until further notice. This includes the suspension of all classes, activities, meeting and study room usages, and outreach services. 

This was a difficult decision. However, as we reviewed the information from public health officials, and in response to confirmed cases in the greater Metro area, we opted to close out of an abundance of caution. During this time, we are asking that you do not return your library materials. Your items will not be marked overdue, nor will you be billed. (As a reminder, NKCPL no longer charges any overdue fines.) 

As always, our broad collection of digital resources--including books, music, and magazines--are available 24/7 here at, and via your Overdrive, RB Digital, and/or Libby app(s). And to make the time go a little faster, the Library is offering a Spring Quarantine Reading Challenge for readers of all ages. Click here for more details about this raffle-based program, and to register and start logging for the chance to win rewards when we reopen. If you'd like to place a hold on a physical item during this time, please use the web form on the Library's main page. These holds will be filled as soon as possible once we reopen. 

Again, we are deeply aware of the vital role that libraries play in the community, especially in difficult times, and so the decision to close, even temporarily, was not reached lightly. We appreciate the support of our customers and our community during this challenging moment--and we look forward to opening our doors again just as soon as we are able. 

In the meantime, please keep your eyes on this space for updates about NKCPL's response to this evolving situation, and as always, feel free to contact us with questions. 

Finally, we hope you'll stay informed on the outbreak through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Missouri Department of Health and Senior ServicesClay County Health Department, and the Kansas City Health Department