Regional libraries re-opening their doors to readers

The TNRD is turning another page in its reopening plan.

Public libraries throughout the region reopened to in-person visitors with safety protocols in place on July 29. It includes the downtown and North Kamloops public libraries, located at 465 Victoria St. and 693 Tranquille Rd. A trip to the library looks a bit different during the COVID-19 pandemic. Occupancy limits are in place, as well as periodic closures for cleaning.

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Patrons are limited to spending one hour in the library. Public washrooms remain closed and food and drinks are not allowed. Use of internet services are permitted for up to 45 minutes and self-checkout services are available for distanced transactions. Hand sanitizer stations are located at library entrances.

Although facility doors have opened, library programming remains suspended at this time and it unclear when it will resume. Those returning books are reminded to drop their materials into a slot outdoors, prior to entering the library.

A so-called library takeout service, wherein patrons can order books and other materials and arrange for their pickup outside to maintain physical distancing, remains available.

The regional district opened all of its libraries, 13 of which operate in multiple communities throughout the region.

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