Vancouver Public Library to offer book takeout at several branches

Jun 2 2020, 3:32 pm

The Vancouver Public Library (VPL) has introduced a “takeout” option to readers at several branches.

“You can now order takeout from select VPL locations across the city,” reads the VPL website. “Tell us your interests and library staff will select books and movies for you to avoid at home.”

The initiative was hinted at by the VPL during mid-May and is part of their plan to reintroduce library service. The library has also made mention of a computer lab that will be located downtown and will be made available to those who don’t have computers with internet access.

VPL’s takeout option will be offered one day a week at the following five locations:

  • Central Library (350 West Georgia Street)
  • Hastings (2674 East Hastings Street)
  • Kitsilano (2425 MacDonald Street)
  • Renfrew (2969 east 22nd Avenue)
  • South Hill (6076 Fraser Street)

Participants can access the program either online or through the phone. They are then asked to answer a few questions describing their interests and what kind of books they’re looking for. Adults will be able to borrow up to 10 items per library card, while children will be able to borrow up to 15.

Readers can then select a preferred location for pickup and will be contacted by the VPL to schedule a pick-up appointment. Adults and children alike will be able to enjoy an extended due date, as items will not be due until September 1, 2020.

Those who have outstanding books will still be allowed to use VPL takeout, as all late fees are suspended while the library is closed. Library staff who conduct the takeout will use personal protective equipment as well.

The library notes, however, that due to the heavy volume of requests, they won’t be accepting requests for specific titles at this time.

The VPL also says that they plan to reopen locations “gradually over the summer.”