Emergency Closing (Friday, February 24)

Due to severe weather conditions, the Kent District Library will be closed today (Friday February 24). We will resume normal business hours as the weather permits. Fines on items due today will be waived.

Thank you for your patronage and we hope to see you soon.


Written by Sheri


Sheri is the Kent District Library ILS & Electronic Resources Coordinator. She loves KDL’s eBook collection and her NOOK because they allow her to fit a whole stack of books in her purse to take with her wherever she goes.

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2 Responses to “Emergency Closing (Friday, February 24)”

  1. Dan Groenveld Says:

    I am very disappointed by your decision to close the entire library system today due to “severe weather conditions”. As a taxpayer supported service, I believe you have a responsibility to serve your customers even on days of inclement weather. Also, for the record, I hardly feel today’s weather qualifies a “severe” or warrants an “emergency closing”.

    Clearly, the leadership at the Kent District Library needs to carefully consider its responsibility to serve its customers. Your actions today communicate to me the KDL System would prefer to close than serve its customers.

    Finally, I was able to go about my duties and responsibilities today without any difficulties as a result of the recent snow fall. I recommend the KDL Library work more diligently to meet its mission to serve its customers. I will remember this when the next KDL Library renewal vote occurs.

  2. Lance Werner Says:

    Mr. Groenveld:

    Thank you for sharing your concerns. Patron and employee safety is our top priority. As the KDL Library Director, I make a decision to close the library when, in my judgment, and after reviewing available data, severe weather conditions threaten to jeopardize the safety of our customers and staff. Since KDL has 18 branches, I must also consider conditions around Kent County. It is not uncommon to have challenging conditions in one municipality and dangerous conditions in another.

    I know that unscheduled closings may inconvenience our users and this decision is not taken lightly. We also extend every effort to ensure our customers aren’t penalized with extra fines for the days we are closed. We certainly appreciate the feedback, as it lets us know we are an important part of the communities we serve and we plan to continue doing so to the best of our abilities.

    Best Regards,

    Lance M. Werner, Director
    Kent District Library