Coronavirus: A Message to MCL Customers

March 16, 2021

All Mid-Columbia Libraries branches are open for "Curbside Plus," which now includes limited in-branch browsing for books and materials and computer use, as well as curbside pickup and returns. Online print drop and pickup, which offers five free prints per person daily, and in-person copying, printing, and scanning are also available.

Curbside pickup continues during regular branch hours, but hours for browsing and the use of public computers varies and is limited at some branches. Hours are available for high risk customers.

Mid-Columbia Libraries’ Kennewick Branch, the largest branch in the library system, welcomes walk-ins Monday to Friday from 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm. 

Libraries in Basin City, Connell, Kahlotus, Merrill’s Corner, and Pasco offer in-branch services during regular branch hours.

For all other branches and more details, contact your local branch, or visit the branch web page at midcolumbialibraries.org/branches to learn more.

To ensure safety for staff and the public, please note:

  • Face masks and social distancing are required.

  • Occupancy, browsing times, and computer use times are limited.

  • Computer stations and all high-touch areas are sanitized frequently.

  • All returned items are quarantined for 72 hours; they will remain checked out to cardholders’ accounts during this time.

  • There are no in-person programs, and library study and meeting rooms remain closed.

The health and safety of library staff and customers is of the highest importance, and MCL is complying with all safety requirements from the State. In its guidelines, the State affirms public libraries should continue to facilitate services through curbside pickup where possible to limit interaction between staff and customers within enclosed spaces. You can place books and materials on hold then visit your branch’s designated curbside pickup area once you receive notice that items are ready for pickup.

We do not charge overdue fines.

 


Digital Branch Open 24/7

Access thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and streaming video anytime. 

  • Download the Libby app, or visit midcolumbialibraries.org/ebooks to start browsing.

  • Enjoy five viewing credits per month with our streaming video service, Kanopy. As always, kids shows are unlimited on Kanopy Kids.

  • Need a library card? Sign up for an instant digital card using your mobile phone number. Follow the "Need a card?" prompt in the Libby app or on our website.

 

Digital Resources

  • Get up to five free pages printed daily using our print drop service; visit your branch web page to get started.

  • Send us three of your top books or authors, and get personalized reading recommendations using our Ask the Library service.

  • Dive into your family history with Ancestry Library Edition, now available from home with your library card.

  • Support students at home with our curated list of digital family resources.

  • Search our databases, learn a new language, and much more!

 

Customer Support

Send us a message using our Ask the Library service. 

 

Programs Online

Follow us on Facebook and enjoy weekly storytimes, activities, challenges, and more.

  • We host a new storytime event on Facebook every day of the week at 10:30 am. Join us Mondays for Spanish Storytime With Ms. Ale, Tuesdays and Thursdays for Online Storytime With Ms. Haley, Wednesdays for Bilingual Online Storytime With Ms. Ale, and Fridays for Online Baby Storytime With Ms. Marta. Find past virtual storytimes on our YouTube channel.

  • Check our calendar for upcoming author presentations, lectures, and more fun and engaging virtual programs. 

 


Coronavirus Resources

Washington State Department of Health

Benton-Franklin Health District

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Nuevo coronavirus (Spanish)

Johns Hopkins University Interactive Global Map

Washington Post Coronavirus Simulator