The Kent Free Library System is closely monitoring information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our customers and staff is a top priority. Currently the library is open and operating under the normal schedule. At this time, the library will continue to offer all regularly scheduled events and programs, but has cancelled outreach services.

We’re working with officials from the Kent Health Department and the other libraries in the county and are following directions from Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Right now, we are taking additional steps beyond regular practices and cleaning and sanitizing surfaces as much as possible. We’re also making hand gel sanitizers and wipes for computer keyboards and mouses available for library users.

Everyone has a role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and staying healthy. Please stay home and do not visit the library if you have a fever or a cough or if you are not feeling well. We invite you to explore everything we have to offer through our digital collections. You can download eBooks and audiobooks on the Ohio Digital Library, stream movies and checkout eBooks and audiobooks on Hoopla, browse popular magazines on RB Digital, download and stream music on Freegal, and stream enriching films with our newest service, Kanopy.

You are also welcome to call us to put available items at the drive through window for you to pick up.  We can even recommend books over the phone!  To place a hold or ask us questions about our online services, please call the library at 330.673.4414 or email us at [email protected]

To stay healthy, the CDC and other health agencies recommend:

  1. Washing your hands frequently. Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  3. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  4. Stay home and away from others if you are sick.
  5. Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.
  6. Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Trusted Information Sources

Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation. Find reliable and current information about the outbreak from local and national agencies below.

Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health maintains a website with the up-to-date information on the outbreak, current risk to the public, and links to helpful resources. https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/Novel-Coronavirus

ODH has also set up a call center to address questions regarding COVID-19. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Centers for Disease Control

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has set up a website with a range of information about the current risk to the public, symptoms to watch for, prevention, testing, and advice for schools, communities and businesses.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving daily. We will keep you informed of any changes to our scheduled events. For the latest information, please check our website at www.kentfreelibrary.org.