Powell River Public Library is launching a new service to safely put books, DVDs and music into patrons’ hands.
Starting May 19, the library is introducing library takeout, which will provide access to its physical materials that many people rely on. Patrons may order items online through the library’s catalogue, or by phone. Pick up will be arranged by appointment.
“Our ability to offer virtual programs and eBooks during the pandemic has enabled so many people to continue familiar parts of their lives and to continue learning and engaging with the written word safely from home,” said chief librarian Rebecca Burbank. “eBooks, virtual book clubs and video story time are examples of the amazing opportunities that are created through digital connectivity."
Burbank said safety is the top priority for the service, and library staff trusts the public to take care of each other and them.
“Patrons are asked to not come to the library if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms,” said Burbank. “Our staff members are happy to suspend holds so materials can be available at a later date. Taking care of each other is the way through this. As Dr. Bonnie Henry reminds us, ‘be kind, be calm, be safe.’”
For more information on the library takeout program, go to prpl.ca. By following that link, readers can access the library’s catalogue to reserve physical materials.
“We recognize that virtual access is not available to all,” said Burbank. “Opening the collection to the public through library takeout will increase access for many.”