How your next trip to the Confederation Centre library will be different than before – CBC.ca

Posted: June 17, 2020 at 2:42 pm


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People will be asked a series of health questions at the door before being allowed inside.

The Confederation Centre Public Library in downtown Charlottetown has officially reopenedto the public.

The centre's library, along with the public library inSummerside, reopenedJune 12, offering counter serviceafterbeing closed fortwo and a half monthsdue to COVID-19.

But borrowing a bookwilllook a little different now. The Charlottetown location will be operating at a limited capacity and there are restrictions in place.

People will be asked a series of health questions at the door before being allowed inside.

Once inside, browsing for books will not be permitted. Instead, library staffwill speak with patrons about their interests and what kind of booksthey are looking to borrow, then pick out a varietyto choose from.

"We do wish people could browse, but I know personally, I found it kind of fun to ask people what they like and talk about books and pull things for them to read and hope I find a new author that they're really going to love," said Beth Clinton, a regional librarian based at the Confederation Centre Public Library.

Those looking for a specific title can reserve it ahead of time online and go to the library to pick it up. Computer services willnot be permitted at this time, but Wi-Fi will still be accessiblefrom outsidein the courtyard.

"We just wanted to offer as much services as we could at this point," said Clinton.

Staff have also taken the time to reorganize the childrens section. Childrens books have been curated into sections based on interest and age groups to make it easier for children and their parents to find what they're looking for.

Prior to reopening, the library sought approval on its service plans from the Chief Public Health Office.

Throughout the provincial public health closures, patrons with library books were asked to hold onto them until they reopened. The Confederation Centre Public Library hada process for dropoffsin place.

"We are putting them into bins, washing up very carefully and quarantining them for 72 hours before they are checked in and made available for the next person," Clinton said.

She saidthe library chose this cleaning process based on health recommendations.

"That quarantine is based on what many other libraries are doing."

For peoplewith overdue library books caused by public safety closures, Clinton saidthere will not be an additional charge. All books and materials are due at the end of June.

"I know a lot of people have missed us," Clinton said.

The library is open seven days a week.

Six other library locations across P.E.I. opened at the beginning of June offering curbside service to Islanders.

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