KCPL Coronavirus (COVID-19) Action
KCPL Coronavirus Action Plan

Current Status:
All KCPL Locations Are Closed Until Further Notice.

 

Latest News:

Saturday, March 28
Due to continuing concerns over the potential spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Kanawha County Public Library system will remain closed until further notice, in accordance with the Governor’s Stay at Home order.

The closure affects all KCPL branches, including:
   · Main Branch, downtown Charleston
   · Clendenin
   · Cross Lanes
   · Dunbar
   · Elk Valley
   · Glasgow
   · Marmet
   · Riverside
   · Sissonville
   · St. Albans
   · The KCPL Mobile Library
   · The Nitro Public Library, an affiliate of KCPL

While KCPL is closed, please visit our newest service – KCPL from Home.

KCPL from Home allows you to enjoy online services such as Hoopla Digital, Mango Languages, Kanopy, Tumblebooks, Freegal Music, RBDigital, and WVDeli for free. These services and more are available at www.kcplfromhome.org.

For more information and updates on this rapidly changing public health issue, please check the KCPL website and follow us on our social media platforms.
 


 
 
UPDATE
March 24, 2020
For Immediate Release
March 24, 2020

MEDIA CONTACT:
Stuart Frazier
Marketing Coordinator
stuart.frazier@kanawhalibrary.org

Charleston, WV – During the Kanawha County Public Library’s closure, the library system continues to offer a wide range of services to patrons. KCPL from Home allows patrons to enjoy online services such as Hoopla Digital, Mango Languages, Kanopy, Tumblebooks, Freegal Music, RBDigital, and WVDeli for free. These services and more are available at www.kcplfromhome.org.

To help patrons take advantage of our KCPL From Home services, the number of Kanopy checkouts have been increased to 10 items per patron. As always, the Kanopy Kids mode has unlimited checkouts. Hoopla Digital checkouts have been increased to 15 items.

In response to Governor Jim Justice’s stay at home order, KCPL has implemented the following temporary policies:
 
• Return of Items:

• Patrons should keep any checked-out library materials with them until further notice.

• The Drive-Up window at the Main Library in downtown Charleston and book drops at branch libraries are not currently available.

• Checkout periods have been extended indefinitely on all items currently on loan.

• No fines will accumulate while the library is closed.

• Wi-Fi Hotspots will remain in service.

• Online resources will be open to all library card holders, regardless of account status.

• Expiration dates for library cards have been extended.

• If a library card has expired, patrons may send a message to the library’s Facebook account (facebook.com/kanawhalibrary) or email the library (susan.murphy@kanawhalibrary.org) to renew it.

• Patrons living in Kanawha County or the surrounding counties of Boone, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Lincoln, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh, or Roane may apply for an internet only card that will allow access to KCPL online services. Requests may be made through an email to the library or through Facebook.

• Holds that were in place when KCPL closed will remain in place at all locations. New hold requests have been suspended until libraries reopen.

• While KCPL is closed, all events, classes, and public meeting reservations are canceled.
 
All KCPL online services remain available to library patrons by visiting our website at http://kanawhalibrary.org or by visiting KCPL From Home at www.kcplfromhome.org.

For more information and updates on this rapidly changing public health issue, please check the KCPL website and follow us on our social media platforms.


 
 
UPDATE
March 16, 2020

The Kanawha County Public Library Board of Directors today announced that all KCPL branches will remain closed through at least Sunday, March 29th. The Board and Interim Library Director April Wallace will closely monitor the evolving Coronavirus (CCOVID-19) situation and reassess the library system’s status over the next two weeks.

All KCPL branches are closed at this time, including the Main Library in downtown Charleston, Clendenin, Cross Lanes, Dunbar, Elk Valley, Glasgow, Marmet, Riverside, Sissonville, St. Albans, and the KCPL Mobile Library. The Nitro Public Library, an affiliate of KCPL, announced it will be closed until April 6th.


 
For Immediate Release
March 15, 2020

Charleston, WV – Due to concerns over the potential spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Kanawha County Public Library system is closed until further notice, effective Sunday, March 15, 2020. The announcement comes after discussions between Monika Jaensson, KCPL Board of Directors President, and April Wallace, Interim Library Director.

The closure affects all KCPL branches, including: Main Branch, downtown Charleston; Clendenin; Cross Lanes; Dunbar; Elk Valley; Glasgow; Marmet; Riverside; Sissonville; St. Albans; The KCPL Mobile Library.

The Nitro Public Library, an affiliate of KCPL, announced it will close until April 6, 2020

“Along with federal, state, and local agencies, the Kanawha County Public Library has been closely monitoring the evolving situation involving COVID-19,” said Board President Monika Jaensson. “The safety and well-being of our staff and patrons are our primary concern, and we believe that closing the libraries at this time is the best way to meet that goal.”

KCPL online services, including eBooks, Freegal Music, Hoopla, RBDigital, Tumblebooks, and Kanopy, remain available to library patrons by visiting our website at www.kanawhalibrary.org.

For more information and updates on this rapidly changing public health issue, please check the KCPL website and follow us on our social media platforms.

Download a copy of this news release.

 

 

KCPL from Home

Our locations may be closed, but our online services are fully accessible and FREE!

Some of our most popular services are listed below, but you can find more on our Downloadables page. Visit the Research section of our site to learn something new. You can also view a full list of all our Research Tools & Resources.