The Chatham-Kent Public Library will soon offer limited service inside some branches with additional health and safety measures in place.
According to a release, the branches will reopen in stages, with the goal of having most branches open for short periods of browsing and pickup by the end of September.
The Chatham branch will be offering open hours Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting Sept. 16 and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting Sept. 19.
The Wallaceburg branch will be open Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting Sept. 18 and Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting Sept. 22.
The Thamesville branch will be open Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting Sept. 17.
Other branches will follow. There is a limit to the number of people allowed in each branch at one time.
Curbside service will also continue, so residents can choose the way they want to access library services.
The following services will be available during open hours and short visits of 30 minutes or less are encouraged:
- Picking up holds;
- Browsing and borrowing items (where available, use express checkout machines);
- Using computers (one session of up to 45 minutes per day; must be booked in advance by calling 519-354-2940). Public computers have been reduced to accommodate social distancing and staff are not able to provide technical assistance at this time;
- Photocopying and printing. Exact change is required to pay for printing and photocopying;
- Virtual library is always available: Visit www.ckpl.ca/virtual; and
- For more information, call 519-354-2940, email email@example.com or text 519-401-7174.
The following services are not available:
- In-person events and programs;
- Children’s early literacy stations, and stay-and-play activities;
- Room rentals and proctoring;
- Book donations;
- Seating areas and study tables;
- Washrooms and water fountains;
- Newspapers, microfilm and microfilm machines; and
- Interlibrary loans.