Effective at the close of business on Monday, March 16, Spokane County Library District will close all library locations to the public. These closures will remain in effect until at least April 24, or further notice, to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
This closure includes Airway Heights, Argonne, Cheney, Deer Park, Fairfield, Medical Lake, Moran Prairie, North Spokane, Otis Orchards, Spokane Valley, The BookEnd, and the administrative offices.
This decision was made following Governor Jay Inslee’s proclamation that all schools close in response to COVID-19 and out of the utmost concern for the health, safety, and well-being of library customers, staff, and the community. The scientific evidence that social distancing can help stop the spread of COVID-19 is a compelling factor in taking this precautionary step.
During the closure, all programs, events, meeting room reservations, book sales, and any other use of our facilities have been canceled.
During the closure, library customers should keep items currently checked out until the Library District reopens or until further notice. All due dates will be extended through the closure, and the Library District is waiving all late fees accrued during this time.
During the closure, in-district library card holders are encouraged to use Library District online resources and services, including:
As the situation continues to evolve, the Library District will follow mandates from Washington state Governor Jay Inslee and Spokane Regional Health District in order to assess when it is safe to reopen our libraries. Stay connected to us by:
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