The Fort St. John library will launch a new curbside lending program June 16.
Though the library has been physically closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, library services have remained open digitally. As part of a phased expansion of services, the library says bookworms will be able to place up to 10 items on hold through its website, and then schedule an appointment to pick them up.
Library staff are aware of the importance of keeping books clean and minimizing the amount of time they are handled. Books will be placed in recycable bags when picked up, and staff suggest leaving the books for up to 72 hours from the pickup time, before reading and handling.
"An important consideration for libraries is the safe handling of books. Libraries are using guidance from the province, WorkSafeBC and the BC Centre for Disease Control when it comes to how to handle books safely," said director Karlene Duncan.
"One of the best ways to proceed is simply relying on the concept of time. Time is a great disinfectant."
Further reopening phases are in the works and will be announced in the coming weeks, including the return of computer services and other programs.
"We understand the huge demand for bringing back public computers and last year we had over 10,000 public computer-use sessions," Duncan said.
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