Barrie Public Library beginning curbside pickup of on-hold items

Those picking up new material can bring overdue books back with them, everyone else should hold off for now

Today’s the day to pick up that book you’ve been waiting since before the pandemic to enjoy.

The Barrie Public Library is offering curbside pickup as of today and will start by clearing the backlog of items that were on hold before the March 13 provincial shut down. Patrons would have been contacted by library staff to see if they still wanted the item on hold, and would be asked to book an appointment to pick up these items at the downtown branch’s main entrance.

Curbside pickup at Barrie Public Library to be introduced in phases starting June 10
Curbside pickup at Barrie Public Library is being introduced in phases

Those picking up new items from the library are asked to take their library card with them, along with any borrowed library books or other materials. Anyone else with outstanding items from the library is asked to hold onto them for now.

“A phased approach is important to ensure we can learn from each step and keep our staff and community safe,” said Lauren Jessop, CEO of the Barrie Public Library. “We can’t wait to see our patrons again, even if it’s in a different way than we’re all used to.”

The library expects the process of clearing the backlog to take about two weeks. Following that, any request for materials made after the shutdown began will be fulfilled. The library will begin taking all returns at this time. All outdoor return slots remain closed and all due dates have been extended to July 31.