Library stacks re-opening for browsing on November 21

Sounder News

Wednesday, November 18 2020

Beginning Saturday, November 21, Gabriola Island’s branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library will once again allow customers through the doors and into the stacks.

With, of course, COVID-19 precautions in place.

Takeout services will continue Tuesdays 1pm to 7pm; and Wed-Fri 10am to 12pm.

The exciting part for library patrons is that they will be able actually go into the library Wednesdays through Fridays from 12 till 4, and on Saturdays from 10 till 4.

Jeff Strain, head librarian at the Gabriola branch said, “I can say there’s excitement, all around, about welcoming community members back into the branch. 

“The pandemic never removed the need on Gabriola for things like public computer access, and I know people who will rejoice at having the full run of our collections. I’m looking forward to it.”

The COVID catches are, patrons will be allowed 10 to 15 minutes per visit to roam the shelves and browse the branch collections. 

Patrons will also be permitted 30 minutes of computer use per day.

Services available during the ‘open doors’ hours are: Full browsing of branch collections; access to self-serve holds shelf; washroom access; information services (social distancing and in-branch time limits in effect); up to 30 minutes’ computer access; computer printer and photocopier access; use of self-serve checkout station; searching using the online public access catalogue terminal.

The Library will not be providing meeting space for groups, or lounging space for individuals, until VIRL branches reopen fully.  Food and drink will not yet permitted inside. 

The brand new meeting room in the back of the Gabriola library will be used as computer access space until VIRL branches reopen fully.