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The Broadview branch is among SPL locations offering curbside pickup of materials. (Photo: Seattle Public Library)

Library services expanding: What’s new at SPL, KCLS

New ways to get reading material and other entertainment.

Library update: Our libraries to take all sorts of creative steps to keep us in reading material as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.

Here’s a roundup of some of the new policies, procedures and offerings:

Library update: Seattle Public Library called. It would like its books back. Starting Nov. 1, staggered due dates are being applied to all checked-out materials.

SPL is accepting returns in book drops at 13 library branches; they’re available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (or until they fill up!) Go here to find what branches have drop boxes and which are offering curbside pickup services.

SPL also is adding curbside pickup to two additional branch locations — Beacon Hill and Southwest Branch — for a total of 11. Additionally, these two locations will offer limited in-lobby service with safety precautions.

Also, check out the fall Teen Library Challenge for middle- and high-schoolers. There are prizes!

Library update: King County Library System has curbside pickup at most of its 49 branches and just added a new option: electronic lockers located at the Bothell and Covington libraries are accessible 24/7. When placing a hold, patrons can choose this option, and they’ll be able to access the locker using their library card and PIN.

State guidelines allow for some in-person library service, which both SPL and KCLS are studying but have not yet implemented. Stay tuned.


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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 12-year-old girl.