5 more libraries set to partially reopen in Winnipeg

By | June 11, 2020

Winnipeggers looking for some summer reads will soon be able to pick up books at several more libraries around the city.

Beginning June 22, five additional Winnipeg Public Library branches will partially reopen, the city said Thursday, joining the three — Millennium, Henderson, and Pembina Trail — that opened on June 8 for people to pick up items on hold.

None of the WPL’s 20 branches are open yet for browsing inside or settling in for a stay.

But all eight of the partially reopened branches will offer additional services as part of the second phase of library system’s reopening strategy, including pickups, telephone reference service, and access to return borrowed library materials.

The following branches are set to open June 22: 

Public hours of operation will be:

  • Monday to Wednesday, Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Customers will be asked to use a posted self-assessment symptom checklist before entering the buildings. Anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to enter the branches.

Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance of each library. Plexiglas shields have been installed at each checkout station.

Visits to pick up hold items are limited to one person per family, although that designated person can pick up other family members’ holds if they bring the other users’ library cards.

Returned library materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before re-entering circulation. 

Library staff have received safety training, and will be following handwashing protocols and disinfecting surfaces as needed.

Phase 3 of the WPL reopening strategy will include the the restoration of all services at all branches, the city said. That phase will be implemented after Phase 2 has been assessed.

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