Community and County Information 

Below you will find information from local, county, and state organizations and government agencies related to the COVID-19 virus.

Latest Information

  • The Kingston Library will be closed until further notice. 
  • The Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) has extended the temporary suspension of MHLS Delivery and Inter-Library Loan (ILL or out-of-system holds) through April 19, 2020 in alignment with the NYS Executive Order 202.8.

Kingston Library Updates

  • The Kingston Library will be closed until further notice. 
  • There have been NO incidents at our library. This is a precautionary measure taken as an effort to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our community. The decision was made after much consideration and in response to the closing of the Kingston City School District and the order of the Ulster County Executive.   
  • Our library director and board of trustees are monitoring developments and the recommendations of public health specialists and elected officials and will make all decisions based on new data as the situation develops. 
  • For more information, please stay tuned to our website (specifically the homepage and this page) and our social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).  
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Library Director Margie Menard at mmenard@kingstonlibrary.org 

More Information

  • All in-person services at the library are suspended at this time, including all children’s and adult programs and inter-library loans. 
  • Mid-Hudson Library System holds and the delivery of library items have been suspended at this time. Like us here at the Kingston Library, all of our fellow member libraries have also closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • You will notice that if you try to put an item on hold using our online catalog that you will receive a message stating that this action cannot be completed at this time.
  • If you currently have items on hold, they will be suspended as well. As of today, all Delivery Services through the Mid-Hudson Library System have been suspended through Sunday, April 19.
  • We are asking patrons with materials checked out to keep them at home until we reopen. However, if you need to return items when the library is closed they can be deposited in the library’s drop box located on Prospect Avenue. 
  • All fines will be waived during this time. 

Library Resources You Can Access From Home 

Our online resources are available to our patrons 24/7 during this time.

  • Overdrive: Borrow digital content, including e-books, e-audiobooks, and movies, for free using your library card.
  • Tumblebooks: Read electronic versions of kids’ favorite picture books with added animation, sound, music and narration. Available in English and Spanish.
  • RB Digital Magazines: Check out digital magazines, audiobooks, e-books, and more, include various educational and entertainment services–AcornTV, Great Courses, IndieFlix, Method Test Prep, Pongalo Novela Club, and Quello Concerts
  • Kanopy: View on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities that offers films and documentaries.
  • Hoopla: Access digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV.
  • Universal Class: Learn about more than 30 subject areas through more than 500 free, online courses.

  • Mango Languages: Learn a new language through this free, online language learning program that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication. There are more than 70 languages available and more than 20 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

These programs and many more are available by visiting our website and clicking on the Books & More tab or checking out the many apps that are available.