Libraries are supposed to be quiet places, but the complete silence at the Castlegar and District Library is finally over.
The library opened its doors on July 6 after being closed for almost four months due to COVID-19.
“We have been delighted in people’s response to the library being open again,” said library director Kimberly Partanen.
“One of our first patrons said it was like coming home.”
The library’s operations are going to remain slightly adjusted for the time being.
While patrons will be able to come into the library to browse and check out items available in Castlegar, they will not be able to access the provincial library loan system. Materials can be borrowed for one month.
COVID-19 protocols are in place including social distancing measures, separate entrance and exit doors, no tables and chairs, and a 24/7 drop box. All materials must be returned via the drop box even when the library is open. Books are quarantined for 72 hours before staff handle and reshelve them.
The library’s summer reading program has gone online for this year. This means there are actually more spaces available then previous years and kids can still sign up.
Three public access computers will be available for use, but by appointment only. Appointments can be made for a maximum of 45 minutes per day by calling 250-365-6611.
Photocopying, scanning and copying services are still available. The library also has a remote printing service and details can be found on the library’s web site.
The library will be open Mondays to Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, the first hour of business is reserved for seniors and those with compromised immunity.