Nanaimo Harbourfront library branch has begin offering takeout service, after easing of COVID-19 restrictions. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo libraries beginning to allow book borrowing following COVID-19 closures

Nanaimo Harbourfront library branch open for ‘takeout’ service Tuesdays through Saturdays

With B.C. government restrictions for COVID-19 being relaxed, library branches in Nanaimo are slowly beginning to allow patrons to borrow books.

According to a Vancouver Island Regional Library social media post, Nanaimo Harbourfront library branch is open for takeout service Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. and from Wednesdays to Saturdays between 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. The branch is closed Sundays and Mondays.

Nanaimo North branch will open for takeout service Saturday, June 13 with the same hours as Harbourfront branch.

Nanaimo Wellington branch has completed a risk assessment and hours will be announced soon.

According to a press release, customers will be able to place holds via the online catalogue and library staff will collect materials and connect with the customer to set up a pickup time. The procedure is designed to minimize physical contact and ensure social distance and safety protocols are followed, the library said.

RELATED: Vancouver Island libraries close due to COVID-19

All materials will be quarantined for 72 hours upon return, said the library.

Vancouver Island Regional Library branches have been closed since March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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