Innisfil IdeaLAB and Library working on plan to reopen physical locations to the public

Online library never closed

The Innisfil IdeaLAB and Library is getting ready to restart its engines, albeit slowly and guided by experts.

After the province announced last week that public libraries can open for curbside service, the Innisfil community hub began getting cracking on a strategy to reopen its doors.

The library says it will focus on a slow and steady approach to ensure health measures are in place and strictly followed. It adds the implementation of its opening plan will follow advice and guidelines from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, as well as those from the municipal, provincial and federal governments.

“Receiving returns will be the initial focus of service and we will let you know when and how to return your items very soon. Curbside service will be offered only after the backlog of returns have been cleared. We are developing an outline of exactly how and when these services will be rolled out,” said Susan Baues, acting CEO. “We are getting our space ready to ensure physical distancing, installing physical barriers at the customer service desks, and increasing our hand sanitizer stations. We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable when we open our doors.”

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As it continues planning for its eventual physical reopening, the library’s website never closed. Virtual services include digital library cards, access to eBooks, and databases as well as an abundance of virtual storytimes and programming for all age levels.