Updated on June 4, 2020
Spokane County Library District has closed all library locations to the public following Governor Inslee’s ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ emergency order to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). These closures will remain in effect until Washington state enters Phase 3 of Governor Inslee’s ‘Safe Start Washington’ re-opening plan. There is no specific date for Phase 3 at this time.
Closures include Airway Heights, Argonne, Cheney, Deer Park, Fairfield, Medical Lake, Moran Prairie, North Spokane, Otis Orchards, and Spokane Valley Libraries, The BookEnd, and all administrative offices.
During the closure, all events, meeting room reservations, book sales, and any other use of our facilities have been canceled.
All in-person library programs have been canceled until further notice.
We are offering curbside pickup of library holds at most libraries. You can learn more about this from our curbside pickup news post.
All items checked out before the Library District closure in March have a due date of August 1. Items checked out using our curbside pickup service will have their own due dates. Please refer to the checkout slip for the due dates of these items.
The Library District is waiving all late fees accrued during this time.
Library customers can return materials to District libraries using exterior book drops. If you have materials too large to fit in the exterior book drop, please call the library to discuss options for returning these materials.
Our staff have been working to bring you several new virtual programs, see our latest on our News page.
During the closure, in-district library card holders are encouraged to use Library District online resources and services, including:
We have increased the number of eBooks in our collection and your access to streaming services, and we have added a new digital resource Creativebug.
For kids and parents who miss storytime, our Early Learning Team is working with KSPS Public Television to bring you Virtual Storytimes.
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As the situation continues to evolve, the Library District will follow mandates from Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Spokane Regional Health District in order to assess when it is safe to reopen our libraries.
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It’s important to remember that COVID-19 isn’t connected to race, ethnicity, or nationality. Stigma will not help fight the illness. Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reducing misinformation.
Find credible and current information about the outbreak from these local, state, and national agencies:
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Spokane Regional Health District
John Hopkins University and Medicine
Federation of American Scientists (FAS)