The Chemainus library is among the Vancouver Island Regional Library branches open again for walk-through service.
The resumption of services Wednesday following a long closure due to COVID and then restrictions to takeout offerings are being welcomed by the community.
“Staff across the system have been hard at work prepping their branches to welcome customers inside, and the vast majority are slated to open this week for limited in-branch service,” noted David Carson, the VIRL’s director of corporate communications and strategic initiatives.
“Reflecting the unique aspects of their branch layouts and the communities they serve, some branches will offer walk-through service of a limited collection, while others will open their entire collection, offer a sit-down service, and provide public computer access.”
“The openings we’re seeing this week are a direct result of the hard work, dedication and resilience our staff have demonstrated despite the challenges the pandemic has created,” added Melissa Legacy, VIRL’s director of library services and planning. “The phased approach we’ve taken, starting with takeout, has allowed us to safely bring more services on board, develop best practices as we go, and ensure we are responding to the needs of our communities. I would like to thank all of the branch staff for bringing us to this important milestone.”
“For everyone’s safety, customers are asked to adhere to all posted safety information and the directives of staff, including limiting the number of people allowed inside at a time and maintaining a proper physical distance,” Carson indicated. “All customers are encouraged to wear masks when visiting the library.”
Library cards must be brought by customers and the use of self-checkout machines, when available, is encouraged.
The takeout option will still be available for those who prefer to use it.
VIRL will continue to waive all late fees, but customers are being asked to return and renew materials as per due dates to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity.
More information on the specific services and resources offered at VIRL branches can be found at virl.bc.ca/services/.