Innisfil ideaLab & Library to offer “Browse, Borrow & Go” Service

Doors to reopen Tuesday, August 11

The wait is over.

Nearly five months after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the doors to close, the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library will reopen to the public on Tuesday, August 11.

Branches in Stroud, Lakeshore and Cookstown will be open for browsing, hold pick-ups, express computer access and use of printers. Capacity will be limited to ensure physical distancing. The “Browse, Borrow & Go” service will allow customers to access library collections, to find, check out and take home items off the shelves. 

“Staff are delighted to welcome customers into the building for short visits through our Browse, Borrow & Go service,” said Innisfil ideaLAB & Library Acting CEO, Susan Baues. “We encourage people to come in, get their items and go. There will be no public seating, and limited access to public internet computers. We are looking forward to seeing and serving each and every one of you. Never before has the library been more excited to safely open our doors to the community than now. We hope to see you at a branch soon.”

When people visit, they will see directional signage posted around the building with reminders to keep a minimum distance of two metres from staff and other customers. The public is advised that wait times may occur.

Hand sanitizer will be available when people enter and at various points throughout the building. Everyone must wear a face covering. Barriers have been installed at service desks and there is enhanced cleaning protocols in place.

Since not everyone will feel comfortable visiting the library, the curbside pickup service will continue.

Computer access will be limited to 30 minutes per person and staff will disinfect the workstation between each use. People are encouraged to keep their visit to 15 minutes or less, and to continue to use online services and the Digital Library.

Hours at the Cookstown and Lakeshore Branches remain 1:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, and from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hours at the Stroud Branch will remain 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.