Rapides Parish Library branches ran out of COVID home test kits this week

COVID home test kits and the Rapides Parish Library
Published: Jan. 10, 2022 at 11:37 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2022 at 12:19 PM CST
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - UPDATE: Rapides Parish Library Director, Celise Reech Harper, told us that the tests they were giving out at Rapides Parish library locations this week have all been claimed as of January 13.

Many viewers reached out to us, wondering what happened, and why the tests were gone before 9 a.m. Reech Harper explained that a very limited amount of tests were given out to the branches. Patrons were lining up before the doors opened, so those waiting for a test were given a number. This was to prevent individuals waiting around in line when there was a very limited supply of tests. Only one test was given out per adult. You can hear Reech Harper’s full interview in the video above.

Reech Harper said they’re anticipating receiving more tests next week. We’ll let you know when those can be picked up as we learn more information.

The following has been provided by the Rapides Parish Library:

Rapides Parish Library has partnered with the Rapides Parish Health Unit to assist in distributing COVID-19 home test kits. Test kits will be available on Thursday, January 13, and Friday, January 14, during open library hours.

“We are happy to provide this service to our community,” said Rapides Parish Library Director Celise Reech-Harper. “Distributing COVID-19 test kits from RPL locations throughout the parish will ease the burden of obtaining a test for many community members.”

Individuals should utilize the Library’s safe curbside pickup or drive-through window to obtain one test kit for each adult present in the vehicle. The tests will not be distributed inside of the Library. Due to limited quantities at each location, RPL staff members will not reserve tests; they are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Locations that have a drive-through window include:

  • Libuse Branch in Pineville,
  • Robertson Branch in Tioga,
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch in Alexandria,
  • Alfred Boyce Wettermark Branch in Boyce

For safe curbside pickup, please contact the branch upon arrival via phone. Locations where safe curbside pickup should be utilized include:

  • Main Library in Alexandria, 318-445-2411 x 1022
  • Westside Regional Library in Alexandria, 318-442-2483 x 1902
  • Martin Library in Pineville, 318-443-7575
  • J.W. McDonald Memorial Branch in Glenmora, 318-748-4848
  • Hineston Branch in Hineston, 318-793-8461
  • Johnson Branch in Lecompte, 318-776-5153

For additional Rapides Parish Library location information, please visit

Our community’s health and safety are of utmost importance. The administration, board, and staff of your Rapides Parish Library encourage all patrons to continue to follow the guidance and recommendations of the Louisiana Department of Health.

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