Orillia Public Library to offer express pickup service

Access to the building will remain limited to the lobby

News release – Orillia Public Library

As COVID-19 infections rise, and to ensure the safety and protection of staff and visitors, the Orillia Public Library will begin offering Express Pickup Service commencing Thursday, January 6th. This service will allow patrons to pick up their materials in the lobby of the Library in a safe convenient manner. 

Access to the building will remain limited to the lobby, and members can continue to place holds online through the library catalogue or by phone and will be notified when their items are ready for pickup. There will also be a small selection of popular materials available to choose from. For those who are not able to enter the building, please call the Library at 705-325-2556 to make arrangements. 

Library CEO Bessie Sullivan says this was not a decision made lightly. “We are facing a dramatic increase in the number of active COVID-cases in the area as well as a growing pressure on staff availability due to COVID-19 related issues,” she said. “This was a difficult choice for us as we know how important the Library is to the community.” 

Online resources including eBooks, eAudiobooks and research databases will continue to be available. The Library’s programming will also remain virtual. Technology assistance will also be provided virtually or by phone. 

The Library will also be offering a Print and Pickup Service as well as continuing to assist in downloading printed copies of Enhanced Vaccine Certificates. 

Hours of service are Monday to Friday, 10-6 and Saturday from 9-5. The Book Drop on Andrew Street remains open 24/7. 

Library cards can be requested in person or online. For those who require assistance selecting materials, staff is available to help and can put together a personalized bag of library items. Please visit the Library website at www.orilliapubliclibrary.ca or call 705-325-2556 for more information.