The Woodstock Public Library will have a new service to let people still get books during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Woodstock Public Library is introducing a new service to let people sign out actual books during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The library will launch its curbside pick-up program May 25 to help clear a backlog of more than 350 requests and provide patrons with reading material.
“This new services represents the first phase of the library’s pandemic recovery plan,” library CEO David Harvie said.
The provincial government’s May 14 announcement allowed the loosening of some restrictions, permitting curbside pick-up for public libraries.
The library is working towards a service delivery model that will allow staff to work in a safe manner.
The Oxford County Library – separate from the Woodstock library – is also putting together a plan to offer curbside pick-up beginning at the Ingersoll and Tillsonburg branches followed by Norwich, Tavistock and Thamesford.
Harvie said staff began reaching out to patrons Thursday to schedule pickup times. The library will also be able to take new requests through its online catalogue or over the phone beginning May 26 at 10 a.m.
The book return chute was also reopened May 20. All material being returned will be in quarantine for 72 hours to protect staff and patrons.
“From the many enquires that we have received, it is obvious that the Woodstock Public Library remains a beloved cultural institution in our community,” Harvie said. “Library staff look forward to when we can once again welcome our patrons into the building.”
For more information, people can visit www.mywpl.ca or call the library at 519-539-4801.