COVID-19 Response and Resources

The library reopened for most services in April 2021.  For a full list of available services and hours, please visit our reopening page.  

Free COVID Test Kits Available

Beginning Monday, October 4th, 2021, the library will be offering free COVID test kits in conjunction with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and SCAN, the Greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network.

The library can provide 1 or 2 kits per household.  Kits are for use by individuals age 16 or older.  Kits can be picked up without an appointment at the library by requesting one at the circulation desk.  Please do not visit the library if you are the person experiencing COVID symptoms.  Kits can also be requested through curbside pickup or SCAN.

In order to register your kit and receive the test results, you must have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone that can access the internet. You must also provide a current email address to receive the results.  Once the test kit is received by the lab, it takes up to 48 hours to process, then you are emailed the results.

Each kit contains instructions on how to obtain a sample and the necessary equipment to collect the sample.  The kit also contains a box to return the sample to the testing facility.  Tests should be mailed back on the same day as the sample is taken.  Mailing is pre-paid.  Tests should be returned by UPS or Fedex only. 

Please visit the Everlywell COVID-19 test kit site for more information on the test and what is included in the kit.

We highly recommend that you watch this video which describes the process for registering, administering and returning your test.

Please do not return your kit to the library.   The library has a list of the nearest UPS and Fedex locations and will provide a copy when you pick up your test.

Greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN)

SCAN will provide test kits to Pierce County residents.  The kits are delivered to your home and must be requested through the SCAN website.  If you need help signing up, call 206-616-5859 from 8am - 8 pm PST. 

External Resources

For centralized information on how Washington State and the Federal government are responding to COVID-19, please visit:

Washington State Department of Health

Governor Jay Inslee’s coronavirus page

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Federal Government Response to Coronavirus

For information on unemployment benefits and employment resources, please visit:

Washington State Employment Security Department---Unemployment Benefits Page

WorkSource Washington

O-Net is a site that blends multiple federal government resources for job seekers.  Includes the Occupational Outlook Handbook that lists hundreds of jobs, average annual salaries, education requirements, career growth outlook and more.