COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

June 3rd Update:

 Curbside pickup is now available at all 16 branches! Please reserve the materials you would like, and then wait for library staff to contact you with the news that they are ready to pick up. Get all the details. 

May 25th Update:
All materials have been renewed until June 15, so there is no risk of accruing fines.

May 19th update: 

We will begin accepting returns through the external drop boxes at all of our branches on WednesdayMay 20th

Please don’t overfill the boxes or leave materials outside. The boxes are checked regularly, but we expect a high volume of returns. If the bin is full, please take your materials home and try again on another day. All materials have been renewed until June 1, so there is no risk of accruing fines.

Remember to keep a safe distance from other patrons outside our branches, and bring some hand sanitizer with you if possible. The handles on our book returns are sanitized regularly, but you should still clean your hands after returning your materials.

In order to ensure the safety of our patrons, items will be quarantined for 72 hours. It may also take us some time to process the returns due to volume, so items will not be removed from your account right away. We appreciate your patience as we begin this new phase of service.

All branches remain closed, but curbside pick up of materials will be coming soon. For updates, visit www.kfpl.ca or call 613-549-8888.

 

May 14th update: The province is now allowing libraries to offer curbside pick up. We are working out the final details and will make this service available to our patrons as soon as possible.

May 6th update: The emergency orders mandating the closure of all public libraries in Ontario have been extended until May 19th. Due dates on all materials that are currently on loan to our patrons have been extended until June 1.

April 23rd update: With the extension of the provincial state of emergency, the mandated closure of public libraries in Ontario continues until at least May 12. Our closure message now says "until further notice", but rest assured that we will re-open as soon as restrictions are lifted and appropriate measures are in place to protect our staff and the public. Our branches may be closed,but we are still offering a range of virtual services and collections. Due dates on all materials that are currently on loan to our patrons have been extended until May 12.

April 12th update: The Province of Ontario has extended the state of emergency until April 23. All branches of KFPL will remain closed.

April 6th update: Due to the extended provincial state of emergency, all branches of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library will remain closed at least until mid-April.  Due dates on all materials that are currently on loan to our patrons have been extended until May 1.

March 18th update: Exterior item returns have been closed in the City of Kingston and will be closed in Frontenac County soon. Please keep all items you have on loan.  Due dates have been extended and no fines will be charged. We regret that we cannot answer the phones at the library at this time, but staff remain available to assist you by email. Please submit your questions through our Contact Us page or contact us through Facebook or Twitter. 

Shelter and food programs have altered their regular operations. Please visit the City of Kingston's COVID-19 page for more information.

 

All Kingston Frontenac Public Library Branches temporarily closed Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 5.

Posted Sunday, March 15 at 6:30pm

Message from the Chief Librarian and CEO:

The Kingston Frontenac Public Library has been closely monitoring the developments related to COVID-19. This is a constantly evolving situation and an extraordinary time around the world. In consultation with the Library Board, I have made the decision to temporarily close all library branches from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 5.

This was not a decision that was made lightly. I know many people in our community rely on the services we provide. Library staff will be contacting meal programs and social service agencies in our area and we will do our best to develop an updated list of programs that are still operating. As of Sunday afternoon on March 15, we have been informed that the In from the Cold Shelter at 540 Montreal Street and Kingston Warming and Counselling Warming Centre at 235 Wellington Street are still operating as usual.

Planning for library staff redeployment is underway. Staff will continue to be paid for their regularly scheduled hours during the closure.

If you have materials currently on loan, we would prefer that you keep them until we re-open. Our exterior item returns remain open at this time. Due dates have been extended until April 14th and no new fines will be charged during this closure.

KFPL provides incredible resources you can use while you are at home. We encourage you to use our digital resources such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies, eMagazines and online classes. If you live in Kingston or Frontenac County and don’t have a library card, please send us an email and we will get you registered so that you may access resources while we are closed.

Any additional information will be posted on our website as well as Facebook and Twitter.

Please know that the risk in Kingston and Frontenac County remains low. I recommend you keep informed with reliable information. The provincial government has introduced a self-assessment tool to help you determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19. It’s online here.

Thank you for your support, understanding and patience during this difficult time as we work together to ensure the well-being of everyone in Kingston and Frontenac County and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Laura Carter

Chief Librarian/CEO, Kingston Frontenac Public Library