Free COVID Test Kits Questions and Answers

Shaker Library Distributes FREE Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid, At-home, COVID-19 Test Kits

Through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Health, COVID-19 Test Kits are being distributed at the Reference desks at Main Library and Bertram Woods Branch. They can also be delivered via Curbside service.

Test kits are distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. Please check our home page or call ahead to check availability.

 

What is the BinaxNOW rapid at-home test?

Abbott’s BinaxNOW is an easy-to-use antigen test that detects the virus when people are most infectious. People perform the unproctored tests at home and and will see results in 15 minutes.

 Why is the library giving away free COVID-19 test kits?

Shaker Library is partnering with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to make these rapid testing kits widely available. The test kits provide access to testing for those who may not be able to get traditional testing because of work hours, mobility or transportation issues, or caregiving responsibilities.

How many test kits can customers get at a time?

Customers may get up to four tests per household per day, the limit established by the Ohio Department of Health, which supplies the tests.

Does the library report any information about customers who request the test kits?

No. The Library does not collect any personal information and only reports the number of test kits we distribute.

 Please note that the library’s safety protocols remain unchanged. We ask people who aren’t feeling well or have COVID-19 symptoms to wait until they are feeling better to visit.