On Monday, June 15 Johnson County Library will open all 14 of its branches with limited services and temporarily modified hours of operation, listed below. As we work to rebuild staffing capacity, modified hours allow our branch staff time to safely process materials and sanitize staff and patron spaces.
Returns are accepted 24/7 in any of our branch book drops, and our eLibrary is always open! See our Reopening FAQ for additional details about Library services, placing and picking up holds, due dates and fines, safety protocols and more.
Please note that hours vary by branch due to staffing capacity. Beginning June 15, Library open hours are as follows:
Antioch, Blue Valley, Central, Corinth, Lenexa City Center, Monticello (including drive-thru windows)
Gardner, Leawood Pioneer, Oak Park, Shawnee
DeSoto, Spring Hill
Items checked out prior to our March 15 closure are due June 30, and fines will begin to accrue on these items starting July 1. Patrons may renew items that do not have additional hold requests.
Initial services are limited to quick browsing, checkouts and computer usage with an emphasis on reduced interactions with staff. Services offered at all 14 branches are:
At this time we will not be offering:
Additional services will resume throughout the summer. Says Jennifer Mahnken, Associate Director for Branch Services, “We are excited to move to this next stage of our phased reopening, inviting our patrons and our staff back into the buildings. The Library’s Reopening Team has put a lot of thought and effort into making the transition back to in-branch services as seamless and as safe as possible.”
Also of note:
We strongly encourage both patrons and staff wear masks for the safety of everyone in our buildings.
While there will be no occupancy restrictions for our branches, in accordance with the Board of County Commissioners’ reopening guidance, we ask that visitors practice physical distancing of at least six feet between staff and fellow patrons while inside Library buildings. Staff will also be behind plexiglass barriers.
We still encourage patrons, especially those in high-risk categories, to take advantage of our three drive-thru locations at Blue Valley, Lenexa City Center and Monticello branches when possible for contactless holds pick up. We are currently exploring options for contactless holds pick up at all 14 branch locations.
All events will continue to be held virtually this summer, including Summer Reading programming and the Johnson County Library Foundation’s annual fundraising event Library Lets Loose on September 12. A full schedule of events and an updated FAQ can be found at jocolibrary.org.