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.

Masks required.

2020 8-15 web button mask

BLUE LEVEL — Expanded LPL Express

Begins June 1, 2021



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As of August 9, 2021 the City of Lawrence requires face coverings in all City buildings, regardless of vaccination status, in alignment with Douglas County Unified Command partners. The requirement of face coverings applies to City employees and members of the public who visit City buildings. 


  • 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

  • Library Auditorium
  • Meeting Rooms A&B
  • S+V Studio Suite A
  • S+V Recording Studio
  • Teen Zone
  • Children’s Reading Cubbies
  • 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

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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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