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Bookdrop at Kent County Public Library is now open

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Kent County residents with library materials they couldn’t return during the coronavirus pandemic can start doing so again.


The Kent County Public Library announced this week it is unlocking its bookdrop - located near the libraries’ front door -  so people can return library materials they’ve had in their possession since the building closed in March.

“A lot of people have been holding on to books and movies and other materials since March 14 when we closed our doors. And that means they are now able to return them,” said Hilary Welliver - the County librarian. 


Welliver says all returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in.

She says the Kent County library is also starting up another service, “Next week we’ll be rolling out curbside pickup, which means they can start picking up some of the holds that have been waiting for them for the same period of time.”

Welliver says library staff is calling customers about items on hold and making an appointment to pick them up.

She notes the Kent County Library building remains closed to the public. 


Curbside pick-up will be available by appointment only between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.  Bookdrop returns are fine-free through the month of June.


She adds that interlibrary delivery of materials also remains suspended - so the Kent County Public Library can only deliver hold items that are part of its own collection.   Holds can be placed on items by clicking here.


Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.