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Kent County Public Library

Hilary Welliver, Ed.D. - County Librarian,
Assistant Director of Community Services

497 South Red Haven Lane, Dover, DE 19901       Directions

(302) 744-1919 / Fax: (302) 744-9680

Email: KCPL@co.kent.de.us


Business Hours:  The library building reopens to visitors
                               March 1, 2021: 10 am-Noon & 4-6 pm
                               Monday-Friday, 1-5 pm Saturday.
                               Call (302) 744-1919 to arrange curbside
                               pickup continues from 10 am-5:30 pm
                               Monday-Friday and 1 pm-4 pm Saturday.

                               Bookdrop Open for Returns (no donations) 



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March 1st: Kent County Public Library
Resumes In-Building Hours
Mobile Library Back in Service



Kent County Public Library will resume in-building hours on Monday, March 1, welcoming the public back inside the library. Patrons are invited to browse the collection and enjoy other library resources inside, in addition to having the option for curbside service.


Kent County’s mobile library will also be put back into service that week, making weekly stops Tuesday through Thursday. Due to safe spacing, guests are not permitted on the unit, but staff will set up a table with bagged items that customers reserved, checked out and clearly labeled for pick up outside the vehicle.  As the mobile library is a wifi hotspot, staff can also place orders for the following week’s visit, on the spot.


“We are so excited to welcome our patrons back to the library once again,” said County Librarian Dr. Hilary Welliver. “We look forward to seeing and serving people while making our building and mobile library safe places to visit.”


For health and safety reasons, KDL will have a couple of guidelines in place:


  • Patrons will be screened in order to enter the building. Properly worn masks are required, and contactless temperatures taken. Safe spacing will be observed.
  • Meeting room is closed to the public and programs are still taking place virtually.
  • The library building is open 10 am-Noon & 4-6 pm weekdays, and 1-5 pm on Saturdays.  Patrons are asked to limit their visits to a maximum of one hour. Computer use will be limited to 45 minutes a day. 
  • KCPL encourages high-risk patrons to visit during the first hour of the day, as this hour is usually less busy or to make use of Curbside Pickup service which will continue through March.
  • If the library’s capacity is reached, visitors will be asked to wait until others exit before entering the building.


Curbside Pickup service has become extremely popular, enabling patrons to checkout materials online and have them quickly brought to their car during regular hours. Patrons call (302) 744-1919 an hour prior to arrival to give staff time to check materials out, bag and tag the items, and place them by the Curbside Pickup door at the north end of the building.  When patrons arrive to collect their bagged items, they call (302) 252-5922, and staff delivers their checked out, bagged items to their car.


Kent County’s Mobile Unit boasts three new drivers:  Olive Keegan-Kelly, Cayla Ehekircher, and Susan Lanyon.  Each drives the unit in rotation.  In March, Kent County’s mobile library will be following this schedule:


  • Tuesdays:  Bylers Country Store (Route 8) 10:30-11:30 a.m.;
    Hartly (Noon-1 p.m.); Cheswold Fire Hall (2:30-3:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesdays: Modern Maturity Center (10:30-11:30 a.m.); Kent County Administration Complex (Bay Road) Noon-1 p.m.; Spring Meadow
    (Smyrna) 2:00-3:00 p.m
  • Thursdays: Veterans Home (Milford) 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Farmington
    Fire Hall (Noon-1 p.m.); Felton Fire Hall (2:00-3:00 p.m.)

Patrons who are more comfortable using the library from home can enjoy a wide range of materials (www.lib.de.us) and services online, including livestreamed programs, by visiting www.tinyurl.com/KCPLcalender or Facebook (“KCPLibrary”) . Location, hours and services are detailed at www.co.kent.de.us.




NOTE ABOUT RETURNED ITEMS: While the vast majority of returned materials are UV-sanitized upon return, patrons should not be alarmed if their returned materials do not vanish from their file immediately.  Some returns will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before being checked in.  

Please do not leave library materials or donations outside the library's doors or deposit donated materials in the bookdrop. Thank you for your cooperation! 
Updates and announcements will be made on the Kent County webpage and on the Kent County Public Library’s Facebook page (KCPLibrary) – we ask that you check these sites frequently as events unfold. Individuals with questions may contact the Library at (302) 744-1919.  Media inquiries please go the County’s Public Information Office at (302) 744-2304. 


Kent County Division of Libraries encourages the public to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) procedures for limiting potential transmission causes. Common procedures include: wearing a face mask or covering, practicing good hygiene by washing hands with soap and water and then using hand sanitizer, avoiding large activities and gatherings, and staying home if you are feeling sick or have a sick family member in the home.




Mango Languages:  Click on the tab in the left column of this page, and use your Kent County Library Card barcode number + PIN to get started learning a foreign language -- FREE!








While our in-person programming and events have been sidelined, we will be offering online virtual programs to enjoy. Please monitor our Facebook page (KCPLibrary) for the most up-to-date listing and new program/event announcments. 


Many of our virtual programs will be conducted via online meeting platforms: Zoom or Facebook Live. Preregistration with an e-mail address is required. Registrants will receive instructions for joining the session the morning before the scheduled program.  You can register online at www.tinyurl.com/KCPLcalendar or by calling (302) 744-1919.


If you would like to receive email notifications of upcoming events, please send an email message to KCPL@co.kent.de.us to let us know of your interest in this convenient service.



Pick up items on "hold" at the main library by appointment; call (302) 744-1919. There are still many free statewide online resources available to mobile library users including:

Libby/Overdrive - Libby is a free app that gives users access to e-books and audiobooks across multiple devices -- both on- and offline. Titles are automatically returned and removed from your device at the end of the lending period. Visit your device's app store or lib.de.us to download the Libby app.

Hoopla -- Hoopla is the new free digital media service offered by Delaware public libraries that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, e-books, ccomics/manga, and even TV shows via multiple devices including your TV.  you can stream or download for viewing/reading offline.  Titles are automatically returned and removed from your device at the end of the lending period.  Visit your device's app store or lib.de.us to download the Hoopla app.

Flipster -- Read your favorite magazines on various devices -- 100s of titles to choose from. Visit your device's app store or lib.de.us to download the Flipster app.

Ask a Delaware Librarian -- Got a question? Email, text, or chat with a Delaware reference librarian who will help you find an answer. (Depending on the depth of the information requested, it may take up to 24 hours for a response.)  Visit http://answers.delaware libraries.org/for more information.

How to Get a Library Card


It's easy to get a library card. All Kent County residents are eligible. Complete the registration form (see left menu) and print it out. Bring the form and a photo ID with your local address on it (a driver's license works well) to the library.  Children under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign for the card. Your library card is accepted at Delaware public libraries state-wide!


Applying for a Virtual Delaware Library Card

When you sign up online you gain access right away to all eMedia! Download eBooks, read eMagazines, use online resources for FREE!
Get the Mobile App and get access to your card right from your device, plus you can manage your account, place holds and much more.
It’s that easy! And it’s all FREE!
Applying for a Physical Delaware Library Card
Want more? Visit your public library to transfer your online account to a full account, providing use of library computers and access to all materials, programs and services.
You can save some time on your first visit by filling out a library card application form (https://lib.de.us/help/librarycard/) in advance, printing it out, and then heading to Kent County Public Library to complete your registration.

Do I need a card?


If you already have a public library card, perhaps issued by another Delaware library (https://lib.de.us/list-of-libraries/) you can use it here. Only a few of our services, such as the use of Mango Languages, are restricted to Kent County Public Library- or Kent County Mobile Library-issued library cardholders.
If you have a card from an academic library, you will still need a Delaware public library card to use our library.

Who can get a card?

  • Delaware residents or property owners
  • Those employed in Delaware
  • Delaware public or private school/college students
  • Owners of property in Delaware
  • There is an annual fee for out-of-state individuals to obtain a library card

Where can I get a card?

What do I need to bring with me to get a card?

Photo ID with current address

  • Delaware driver’s license or
  • Delaware state identification card

If your photo ID does not have your current address on it, please bring along one document from each of the following two sections:

Current Photo identification:

  • Passport
  • Alien Resident Card
  • Government issued cards, such as Military ID
  • State-issued photo ID including:
    FID card
  • University or school ID

Proof of current local address (must include your name):

  • Lease agreement
  • Utility bill or tax bill (dated within the last 60 days)

Not acceptable as proof of current address:
  • Rent receipts
  • Personal letters
  • Post Office Box
  • Business address

Cards for children

Ages birth to 17:
  • A parent or guardian must be present
  • Parent/guardian signature
  • Parent/guardian must have photo ID and proof of address
After contacting the Kent County Public Library (302-744-1919 or kcpl@co.kent.de.us) to coordinate the visit and group library card registration, organized school visits will require:
  • Previously signed application form for child
  • Address verification with school directory list


Meeting Room Application -- All events held in the library's meeting room are canceled, including those by outside organizations/groups, indefinitely, due to the outbreak of COVID-19







The Delaware Library Catalog provides enhanced access to information through a single online library database to Delaware residents.  Delaware library cards are accepted at 33 public libraries, 8 academic libraries, and 7 special libraries across the state. Click on the link on the menu on the left to access this extensive collection of materials and resources.  You may need your library card number + PIN to use some features.


Ask a Librarian Delaware


Even when the library building is closed, our virtual services remain available. Ask a Librarian Delaware will help you find the answer to your questions -- generally within one business day.  Access the service by submitting a question via text, email, or Facebook -- or by "clicking" on the icon on this webpage! Ask us! We are glad to help!  



Kent County Public Library is not currently seeking volunteers. Volunteers assist staff in a variety of activities.  To join our corps of dedicated volunteers, you must be age 16 or older, with reliable transportation. 


Please print the volunteer application, complete it, and return it to the library.  At that time, register for a volunteer orientation session or volunteer workshop.  We do not accept subsidized work applicants from other government and non-profit programs; we are not a site that supervises court-ordered community service. 


Friends of Kent County Public Library


The Friends of Kent County Public Library is a nonprofit organization made up of our greatest supporters.  In addition to volunteering and fund-raising, Friends are our greatest advocates and educators.  The Friends constantly seek to make our library better and to spread the news about our great programs, services, and collections! The Friends' group provides an opportunity to contribute ideas on events and activities and be part of the local cultural scene.  (They are also a lot of fun!)  An application form is provided to the left.


Library Advisory Committee (LAC)


The purpose of the Kent County Library Advisory Committee is to study, research, plan, and make advisory recommendations regarding the direction of libraries in Kent County for the future.  The LAC consists of seven members, one from each of Kent County's Levy Court Districts.  Members are appointed by Commissioners of the Kent County Levy Court.

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