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Posted on: March 23, 2020

[ARCHIVED] A Message to Mid-Columbia Libraries Customers-3.18.2020

Coronavirus: A Message to MCL Customers

March 18, 2020


Mid-Columbia Libraries (MCL) is closed through April 24. MCL wants to ensure that even if customers cannot physically visit a library, they will have as much access as possible to library services during and after the COVID-19 closure. Here are some of the ways the library continues to serve customers:

Borrowing and Account Extensions

Due dates on physical materials have been extended to April 27, 2020. Customers will not be charged fees for lost items before that date. Drop boxes and drive-up returns are closed; customers are strongly encouraged not to leave materials in branch drop boxes. 

Any requested items held/unclaimed will remain on hold through April 27, 2020.

All recently expired and soon to expire library cards have been extended to May 1, 2020. 

Digital Services and Collections

Customers can borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and more at MCL has increased purchases for this collection to keep up with demand, including adding more than 4,000 always available titles.

Cardholders can stream movies, TV shows, world cinema, the Great Courses, and much more through Kanopy. MCL will temporarily increase the credit limit in Kanopy from five to 10 per month for the duration of the closure period. Parents and children can also enjoy unlimited access to high-quality kids content through Kanopy Kids.

For the next 30 days, there are a variety of streaming films available that do not require play credits to watch; a full list of these credit-free viewing titles can be found at Kanopy.

For more information about getting started in Kanopy, visit

Digital Resources for Students and Families

MCL has compiled a list of online resources to support families with children home from school. These include the children’s digital collection, resources in Spanish, world learning databases, and much more. More information is available at

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