The Barrie Public Library will begin curbside pickup by early next month.
The Downtown branch has been working on instituting pickup of physical offerings ever since the province announced it was permitted to do so. Curbside pickup will begin June 10.
The first phase of the library’s reopening will involve the clearing of the backlog of books that had been set aside for patrons before the March 13 shutdown. Those with checked-out items are asked to bring the items with them to the downtown branch when they pick up new material. A library card number will be required.
“We are thrilled to begin offering curbside pickup,” said Lauren Jessop, CEO of the Barrie Public Library. “Our members have been eagerly anticipating this and we appreciate the patience everyone has shown. We are excited to be able to get new books and movies in their hands in a safe way.”
The first phase of clearing library backlog is expected to take about two weeks. After that, library staff will begin processing requests that came in after the closure, as well as accepting all returns. All items returned to the library will be set aside for a three-day quarantine before being checked in by staff.
Patrons of the library are asked to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Those with holds placed on items at the Painswick branch are asked to switch their pickup to the downtown branch or cancel it outright.