Here's when Calgary's libraries are expected to reopen

Jun 11 2020, 9:52 am

The world is slowly but surely opening back up in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Restaurants, barbershops, and retailers throughout Alberta have reopened over the past few weeks thanks to the allowance given by the province’s Relaunch Strategy, and Premier Jason Kenney announced earlier this week that Stage 2 would come into effect on June 12.

This stage includes libraries being allowed to reopen — with physical distancing measures in place, of course — though Calgary Public Library has elected to take a more measured approach.

According to CPL’s website, libraries throughout the city will not begin reopening until Tuesday, June 23, and even then it will only be at a handful of locations.

Forest Lawn, Crowfoot, and Fish Creek will reopening that day as a pilot reopening to see how the metered access, limited hours, and public health protocols hold up for visitors.

Once these pilot reopenings prove successful, more locations will be opened throughout the following weeks.

“The Library will provide regular updates on which locations are open and what services are available,” the website states.

And while it might be another few weeks before you can enjoy a good novel while posted up at the Central Library, Calgarians can still access CPL’s digital library which includes audiobooks, eBooks, movies, online course, and more.

CPL has also launched a Curbside Holds Service, which allows for contactless curbside pick-up of holds at most locations.

More information on the service can be found in the video below:

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