The downtown Kent library on 2nd and Smith is closing for remodeling for approximately 6 months. The library will install an automated handling system (a way to streamline book returns – like what is available at the Covington library), moving the restrooms inside and moving the meeting rooms and work area. Much of the library patron sections (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.) will stay in their current locations.
During the library closure, a temporary location will be open starting today, September 19, at 406A West Meeker Street, next door to Cheryl’s Unique Boutique. That location is not a full-service library but patrons can return books, pick up “holds,” borrow items from the DVD collection and choose from a small selection of paperbacks. With limited space, there will be a handful of magazines and newspapers to read but no computers. The temporary library will, however, offer a children’s story hour.
Hours for the temporary library, starting today, are as follows:
Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 7 pm
Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 1 – 5 pm
Library patrons who want to access a full-service library are encouraged to visit the KCLS site for other locations including Covington, Auburn, Fairwood (Renton), Maple Valley and Black Diamond.