COVID-19 Information and Resources

Library Information

The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library will no longer maintain mask requirements. Customers and staff will be personally responsible for complying with Shawnee County Health Department mask guidelines. We will continue to provide masks to anyone who wishes to wear one.

In the library

  • Social Distancing of at least 6-feet apart is recommended for individuals, but groups may work together in the library and use the Team Rooms.
  • Customers will be able to consume drinks and snacks while using the library. Full meals purchased at the Millennium Café may be consumed in the café, in the eating area in the New Books, Movies and Music area and in Claire’s Courtyard.
  • The Menninger Room, Hughes Room, Anton Room and Perkins Room may be reserved for up to 10 people.
  • The library is open it’s regularly scheduled hours:
    M-F 9am – 9pm | Sat 9am – 6pm | Sun Noon – 9pm


  • Facemasks will be required when on a Bookmobile. Outside of the vehicles, masks will not be required.
  • Bookmobiles are running a limited schedule and everyone on the vehicle must wear a mask. This is a recommendation of the Shawnee County Health Department due to the close quarters and air filtration needs.

Updated Basic COVID Information

Things to Know about the COVID-19 Pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Important Ways to Slow the Spread

Local COVID-19 Testing, to quickly identify free testing locations, including locations in Topeka. One location is in the parking lot of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Make an appointment at or by calling 1.877.837.8461.

Additional local testing locations and options are updated on the website of the Shawnee County Health Department. Shawnee County residents should first call their Primary Care Provider to see if testing is available through that clinic location. Always call ahead before entering a primary care clinic.

Local COVID-19 Vaccine

The Shawnee County Health Department Vaccine Information page is the most current source of information for Shawnee County and includes links to partners and other information about COVID vaccine in our county.

On March 26, 2021 the Governor of Kansas announced that Kansas would move to Phase 5 of the States Vaccination Plan starting March 29, 2021. Beginning on May 14, 2021 all Shawnee County residents 12 years of age and older are now eligible to receive a vaccine from participating vaccine providers.

Free community vaccines through the Shawnee County Health Department

Shawnee County Vaccine Providers

Questions about COVID-19 vaccines in Shawnee County can be directed to  

Local COVID-19 Information

Frequently Asked Questions and Fact Sheets from the Shawnee County Health Department

Shawnee County




Mental Health Crisis Lines


  • Shawnee County Mental Health Crisis Line Valeo (ages 18+) Open 24/7 1-785-234-3300
  • Valeo Covid Crisis CounselingValeo COVID Crisis Counseling services 1-785-233-1730 ext 4152 through or 1-800-273-8255

Family Service & Guidance Center

  • Shawnee County Mental Health Crisis Line FSGC (17 & under) Open 24/7 1-785-232-5005
  • FSGC Stronger Topether Anyone who is struggling due to COVID-19 can visit and a staff member will get back to them to help connect them to local resources and information.

Community Resource and Referral Line – 211

  • United Way 211 – Dial 211 from any phone to speak with a referral specialist 24 hours a day about COVID-19 or any other service needs you may have. Available in English and Spanish. 211

Resources for Food and Assistance

Tax Forms and Assistance

Tax Forms and Assistance links to local resources and state/federal forms.

Eviction Prevention

Housing and Credit Counseling Inc – Call to ask whether your situation with rent/utilities fits with COVID relief programs. 800-383-0217 and  785-234-0217

Kansas Legal Services Individuals seeking legal assistance must first apply. You can apply for legal assistance by filling out the Online Application or by phone 1-800-723-6953.

The Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance program (KERA) will provide rental and utility assistance to households experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID pandemic.

The Operation COVID-19 Basic Needs Assistance Program is a foreclosure/eviction mitigation and utility prevention shut-off program created by the City of Topeka and administered by the Community Resources Council. $1.5 million in CARES Act funds are available to qualified applicants to help cover expenses and help keep people housed and with utilities. The program is by appointment only and applicants must be city residents, have COVID related outstanding bills after March 2020 and make no more than 100% of area median income. Appointments can be scheduled over the phone from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling (785) 233-1365. If the line is busy, leave your name and phone number and CRC staff will call back to schedule an appointment.

Internet Resources and WiFi Access

WiFi Access in the library’s parking lot, community centers and other locations.

Learn more about the new Emergency Broadband Benefit at

EBB Infographic

Local News Resources

Local news sources provide recent updated information on this emerging situation in our community.

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book discussion leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, and frequent library customer. She loves her kids, being a librarian, living in Topeka, and helping people form connections and community. (She's the Community Connections Librarian!) She reads a new book every few days, but is enjoying the audiobook of "Empress of Forever" by Max Gladstone, the ebook "When We Were Magic" by Sarah Gailey and is eagerly awaiting John Scalzi's "The Last Emperox" in April!