Library Reopening Plan

Library Reopening Plan

Due to COVID, the library has been gradually reopening services in a safe way in alignment with Lawrence Douglas County Health Department guidelines. This page hosts our phases chronologically, beginning with our current service level at the top.

BLUE LEVEL — Expanded LPL Express

Begins June 1, 2021



Masks required on visitors ages 2+

As of 12/16/21 the City of Lawrence requires masks in all City buildings on visitors ages 2+ regardless of vaccination status. The library offers free masks at the door if you need one.


  • All services from Green Level continue with the exception of free printing
  • Browse without a time limit
  • Seating is available, but limited
  • Elevator is open
  • Lower Level restrooms are open
  • Osma Room is open
  • Kids' Study Nooks are open
  • MIDCO Computer Lab relocated to Lower Level
  • Reserve a Study Room
  • Reserve Meeting Room C
  • Reserve S+V Studio Suites B&C
  • Shop the LPLFF Book Store by appointment

Temporarily closed

  • S+V Studio Suite A
  • S+V Recording Studio
  • Children's Computers

Open on Main Level

Open on Lower Level

Previous Levels

GREEN LEVEL — LPL Express: Expanded building access, hours, services

Began June 29, 2020 | Masks required; 50-visitor limit during business hours

Read our Director's letter, opens a new window to the community

Click map to enlarge and download

Note: In the map below, areas in green are open for use, while those in gray are closed.

open area closed area

YELLOW LEVEL — Limited building access, hours, and services

Began June 1, 2020; Open daily from 12-6 PM

Building Map COVID-19 Phase 2 Reopening cropped

 Phase 2 — Opening the Main Lobby, Accounts Desk, and self-check machines

RED LEVEL — Building closed to the public with outdoor walk-up services

Began May 18, 2020

PHASE 1.5 — Placing holds resumes

Began May 26, 2020

Building Map COVID-19 Phase 1 Reopening

Phase 1 — Walk-up services only

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