Updated 5/28/2020 2:00 pm

All Spokane Public Library locations will remain closed until Spokane County enters Phase 3 of the State of Washington reopening plan.

  • All physical material due dates are extended until July 31.
  • Book drops at South Hill, Hillyard, East Side and Indian Trail opened for returns on May 28.
  • Northtown and STA book drops remain closed.
  • All returned items will be isolated/quarantined for 72 hours after being returned. The item will still show on accounts for at least 3 days after leaving in the book drop.
  • We have prepared a multi-level reopening approach that will re-establish services safely for our staff and customers.
  • We are awaiting guidance from the governor’s office to start offering curbside service in Phase 2. Customers will be able to pick up holds by scheduling an appointment on our website or app. If you receive an email notice that your holds are available, we will contact you as soon as we are able to schedule your curbside pickup.
  • As for opening our branches to the public, libraries are listed in Phase 3 of the Governor’s plan. When we do reopen, there will be additional measures in place to ensure safety – such as plastic sleeves over computer keyboards and increasing distances between computer terminals.
  • All in-person library programs are canceled through at least August 31.

The Library has many resources that you can access from home using your library card number and PIN. We are also providing programming on our YouTube channel and on our Blog. Stay safe and healthy, Spokane.


The library is committed to the health and safety of our customers and with sharing information, especially in times of emergencies. We’ve set up this page as a resource to help you find reliable and up-to-date information from local, state, and national resources about Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As new information emerges about COVID-19, it is important to remember that it is not connected to race, ethnicity, or nationality. Stigma will not help to fight the illness; however, sharing accurate information from trusted sources such as the following is critical to keeping misinformation at bay.

Reliable sources of information include:

Reading List About Viruses and Pandemics, not specific to Covid-19
If the coronavirus outbreak has you wanting to better understand infectious disease, here are some titles that may help.