The Toronto Public Library has begun reinstating more of its services as Toronto has moved into Stage 3 of the provincial reopening plan.
Starting August 10, scheduled and unscheduled holds can be picked up inside the library branch. Drop box returns and scheduled in-branch computer access also became available on August 10.
Self-checkouts of holds and library card registration was reinstated on August 17, as was more Digital Innovation Hub computer time was also reinstated.
Starting August 24, visitors will be able to browse and borrow items, connect and use Wi-Fi, work or study, print, scan, and photocopy, and access quick reference services. It’s important to note that there will be limited seating for those who wish to work or study inside of the library.
Throughout the fall of 2020 the Toronto Public Library will also continue to re-introduce more adaptive services.
Check this out! Starting Monday, you can come pick up your holds when they’re ready and check them out yourself. Bring your own bag, and please don’t forget your mask. https://t.co/oVtBqcfeRq pic.twitter.com/nd88shrEDN
— Toronto Public Library (@torontolibrary) August 14, 2020
Safety measures have been put into place to ensure the health and safety of staff and customers. All staff now have personal protective equipment and intensive cleaning of branches has been done. This includes the cleaning of upholstery and special disinfecting of high touch services.
Branches also have physical distancing protocols in place. Certain locations will have plexiglass in place where the protocols cannot be maintained.
Each computer workstation is separated by two meters and will be sanitized between bookings.
All returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours or more before they are recirculated.
The Toronto Public Library has asked visitors to take the COVID-19 self-assessment test before using any in-person services. All customers will also be required to wear a mask or face covering while visiting.
Visit the Toronto Public Library website for full up-to-date information.