Governor Inslee introduced “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery” last Monday, January 11th. All Washington counties remain in Phase 1. As a result, Richland's facilities are closed to the public. Thus, the latest news regarding my public library is disheartening.

As of Monday, January 18th, the Richland Public Library will be closed to the public till further notice.

However, curbside service will be in place Monday thru Friday from 10 am till 6 pm. Curbside pickup allows us to request library books, and materials ahead of time to check out. If you're a library cardholder, you can reserve items online, schedule an appointment, and the library's staff will place the items requested in your trunk outside of the library.

“We are disappointed Governor Inslee’s new guidelines will again temporarily close our library to our citizens. We will continue to remain diligent about cleaning protocol and are committed to providing curbside and online/digital services to the Richland Community,” states City Manager, Cindy Reents. “Due to our diligence, no staff or library users were reported to have been exposed to or contract the virus while open.”

If you'd like to obtain a library card, an application can be completed online through the Richland Public Library website here.

For more information, you're encouraged to call the Richland Public Library at 509-942-7547.

Read more from the City of Richland HERE.

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