Woodstock library reopens Tuesday with 10-person limit

The Woodstock Public Library is officially open to patrons for browsing and borrowing as of Tuesday, albeit with a few pandemic restrictions.

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The Woodstock Public Library is officially open to patrons for browsing and borrowing as of Tuesday, albeit with a few pandemic restrictions.

The library reopened Tuesday for in-person borrowing, though – per public health requirements – only 10 patrons are allowed in the Hunter Street building at a time. Patrons will be screened by staff upon entry, and face coverings and social distancing are required.

“As a courtesy to others, we ask patrons to limit the length of their visits”, said David Harvie, library CEO. “We strongly recommend that patrons use our online catalogue to reserve items and schedule their visit once they have received notification for quick and efficient service.”

Patrons can return materials via the book drop while returned materials will continue to be quarantined for six days, Harvie said. The library will continue to offer curbside pickup during library hours with an appointment.

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Despite the library’s reopening, microfilm, public computers and study spaces are still off limits until provincial pandemic restrictions ease.

Oxford County libraries opened for similar service last week, and patrons can now visit Oxford County library branches for contactless pickup of books on hold.

The Ingersoll and Tillsonburg branches have also opened limited computer appointments of 30 minutes each while curbside service is continuing for patrons who do not want to enter the library. Contact the local library branch for more details.

For more information, contact the Woodstock Public Library at 519-539-4801.

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