Coronavirus: A Message to MCL Customers

July 21, 2020

Mid-Columbia Libraries' Othello Branch is now open for curbside pickup during regular hours. Our other 11 branches, Bookmobile, and returns boxes located in Benton and Franklin counties remain closed until further notice; library curbside pickup services can begin in Phase 2 under the governor's Safe Start orders. Our vast digital collection and digital resources are accessible anytime.

The health and safety of our staff and communities are very important to us. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we continue to monitor this unprecedented situation and follow the guidance of state and local officials.

Any items that were placed on hold before the closure will continue to be held until after branches reopen. All physical material due dates will be extended until after branches reopen; 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 to start browsing.

  • Now, get 10 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

  • 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.

  • Join us Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am for Online Storytime With Ms. Haley, Wednesdays at 10:30 am for Bilingual Online Storytime With Ms. Ale, and Fridays at 10:30 for Online Baby Storytime With Ms. Marta. Find past virtual storytimes on our YouTube channel.

  • Check out all the fun online activities and virtual programs during our Summer Reading Challenge, which is going on until Aug. 14. Register today for a chance to win a Nintendo Switch! 


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