Most library branches return to regular hours

The Best Times Digital Edition

April 27, 2021

By Joe Sundermeyer

The Johnson County Library is resuming regular hours after a year of reduced hours and services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In-person events, access to children’s toys and the Maker- Space will remain suspended but other services will return to normal at all branch locations by May 3 except at the Cedar Roe branch in Roeland Park.

Changes include:

  • Meeting, conference and study rooms are open and now bookable.
  • Newspapers and magazines return.
  • Laptop lending at Lenexa Library available.
  • Soft seating, chairs and tables available.

The library requires face masks or cloth face coverings inside all library branches, while the county’s mask mandate remains in place. This applies to all patrons, volunteers and library staff, unless otherwise exempted.

In addition to masking and social distancing, other safety protocols continue at the library. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available. Staff will clean hightouch surfaces regularly and sanitize buildings daily.

Two library locations are exceptions to the reopening timeline. Renovations through June 20 will keep the Cedar Roe branch closed. The Central Resource Library in Overland Park will offer limited services as it is upgraded.

Other questions? Please see the library’s FAQ at

Joe Sundermeyer is web accessibility specialist at the Johnson County Manager’s Office.