Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Hours of Operation

Cold Spring, Fort Thomas & Newport:

  • Sunday
    • 1 – 5 pm
  • Monday – Friday
    • 11 am – 7 pm (Please reserve 11 am – Noon for at-risk patrons)
  • Saturday
    • 1 – 5 pm


  • Sunday – Monday
    • Closed
  • Tuesday – Friday
    • 11 am – 7 pm (Please reserve 11 am – Noon for at-risk patrons)
  • Saturday
    • 11 am – 5 pm

We have put numerous safety protocols in place for both your protection and our staff’s. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we adjust to meet the Governor’s Healthy at Work guidelines.

The buildings have a reduced maximum occupancy to adhere to the guidelines and to allow for social distancing. We encourage you to continue to use curbside pickup whenever possible for picking up library holds.

You can come in to apply for a new library card or upgrade your digital patron card during open hours. You can also browse items to check out, drop off documents for our document shredding service, send faxes, print/scan and use our computers.

We are available by phone or email to answer any library-related questions that you may have. Contact information can be found by visiting the link below.

Ask the Library


Safety Precautions

Per the Governor’s executive order, people in Kentucky must cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when inside public spaces. Learn how to make a face covering at home by following the link below.

Make a Face Covering


We take your health seriously. We are conducting temperature checks of all employees at the beginning of each work shift. All staff wear a mask while in the building to protect you.

We ask that you do not enter the building if you are sick or have been within the last 24 hours.

High-touch surfaces such as computer keyboards, door handles and tabletops are disinfected frequently throughout the day.

We have installed sneeze guards at our patron services and information services desks.

Much of our seating is removed to allow more room for social distancing. A limited number of chairs, tables and seating areas are available. There are floor markers to help guide you in social distancing.

We encourage you to use our hand sanitizer stations upon entering and when leaving our buildings.

We ask that families stick together when in the buildings. Children should be with an adult at all times.


A reduced number of desktop computers are available to allow for social distancing. Laptops are available to use at our Alexandria and Carrico/Fort Thomas branches. All computer use is limited to one hour per visit.

Our Cold Spring, Carrico/Fort Thomas and Newport branches have one AWE machine available for children to use. Our Alexandria Branch does not have one available.

Make a reservation for a computer by calling us to reserve one or by submitting a reservation online below. You must have a physical library card in order to make a reservation.

Reservations are held for a ten-minute grace period. After that time, the reservation is canceled and the computer becomes available to anyone.

Reserve a Computer


Printers & Technology Services

You are able to print, copy, scan and fax documents.

You can use your computer, smartphone or tablet to send a printing request from home. We will print the document and it will be ready for you at the branch. Learn more about that service on our Print, Scan & Fax page.

We are not offering technology training appointments at this time.

Library Materials

We encourage you to use our curbside pickup service for library items that you have on hold. Learn more on our curbside pickup page.

Fines are suspended until further notice. However, you are still responsible for returning your items. We will remind you to return your items, and your account will be blocked from further checkouts once an item is more than 35 days overdue. Items more than 60 days overdue will be considered lost, and we will bill you for their cost.

Returning items that you have checked out allows other patrons to enjoy them.

Please use the red item return bins outside of our branches to return all library materials. Contact-free returns help protect you and our staff.

Magazines are available for checkout. Newspapers are not available for checkout but may be read inside the building.

Digital Collection

Take advantage of our digital library collection. We have eBooks, eAudiobooks and digital magazines that you can access from home on a computer, smartphone, e-reader or tablet. All library card holders may download materials from Kentucky Libraries Unbound regardless of outstanding fines, fees or other blocks until further notice.

You can also access our resources and databases from home. Visit for the complete list.

If you don’t currently have a library card with us, you may sign up for a digital patron card online. This card will give you access to our digital collection and all of our online resources.

Digital Patron Card


Library Express

Our Library Express locations in Melbourne and Silver Grove are open. Learn how to get items delivered to these locations at

Study & Meeting Rooms

All library meeting and study rooms are currently closed to the public. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Library Programs

There are currently only a few in-person programs planned at our branches. All in-person programs will be canceled or moved to virtual-only if the county is in the red zone for COVID-19.

We have many online programs planned for you. View the schedule below.

Upcoming Programs


Book Care Packages

Book Care Packages are available for at-home story times, and for students of all ages and reading levels. The Book Care Package will be sent to the branch of your choice and can be picked up via curbside service. Visit the link below to learn more and request your Book Care Package.

Book Care Packages


Outreach Services

Deliveries to group homes such as nursing homes, assisted living and senior centers are suspended. Visits to daycares, preschools and schools are discontinued until further notice.