As the second wave sweeps through Michigan, and West Michigan, life is once again adjusting to help keep everyone safe. Thursday, the Kent District Library announced they'll be once again closing their branches to in-person visitors, but will continue to offer their services online and through curbside pick up. The announcement says that curbside service will be available during normal business hours and the online services will be available to users 24/7.

KDL’s Executive Director Lance Werner said in a statement on their website,

The closure of several branches over the past couple of weeks has made it clear that we must take further steps in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety of people who visit the library and our staff is our utmost priority.” 

If you are needing to use the curbside service, the KDL website assures users that it's safe, easy, and efficient,

  1. Visit www.kdl.org, search the catalog and place items on hold, indicating the branch location for pickup.

  2. After receiving notification that items are ready for pick-up, visit the branch during normal open hours and park in one of the designated Curbside Pick-up spots.

  3. Call the number listed on the signs in the parking lot; please have your library card number ready.

  4. A library staff member will bring the items to the car.

If you're a Kent District Library cardholder you're also able to access plenty of online resources including,

FreegalOverdrive, Hoopla, and RBdigital. These providers offer digital content in a variety of formats including audiobooks, ebooks, music, movies, magazines, and more.

You can find all of the library resources by visiting www.kdl.org/virtual.

At this point in the pandemic, the KDL says they've really figured out how to still offer the resources and services patrons need virtually. Back in March when the pandemic forced them to close branches they expanded their online services and started live-streamed programming in April. Since late March, the KDL website says they've live-streamed 1,100 programs to over 140,000 viewers.  So while this is a bit of a setback, they plan to keep giving patrons the resources and services they expect and need.