Harbour library to remain closed until fall

Special to WC Online

WEST CARLETON – Two of West Carleton’s three Ottawa Public Library (OPL) branches will re-open to enhanced services starting Monday (July 5).

“Starting Monday, July 5, OPL will reopen to enhanced in-person services,” OPL staff released in a statement yesterday (June 29). “Enhanced services include browsing the shelves, access to more public computers, reading newspapers and magazines, as well as passes to some provincial parks and national museums.”

Capacity inside branches will be limited, as per provincial regulations, and customers may have to wait outside if the capacity limit is reached inside the branch. 

“Also, given limited seating and capacity, customers will be asked to limit their time reading newspapers and magazines so that others can also enjoy this reintroduced service,” staff said.

Thirty-one of OPL`s 33 branches are now open. Metcalfe Village branch continues to be open on Saturdays to provide contactless services, but no public computers are available. 

“Vernon and Fitzroy Harbour branches remain closed until the fall,” staff said.

Safety measures such as the mandatory wearing of masks (inside the branch and outside while in line) and the need maintain a two-metre physical distance from others remain in effect, to ensure the safety of our customers and employees.  

“The health and safety of employees and customers remain OPL’s priority,” staff said. “OPL continues to follow direction from the Province of Ontario and guidance from Ottawa Public Health to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

Virtual programming continues.

“Cardholders can visit our website for more information and to register for summer programs such as SummerlandTeen Staycation and other events to meet all ages and interests,” staff said. “Summer reading kits for those who registered will be available for pickup in branches.”

Chromebooks continue to be available for loans of up to three hours and remote printing by request are available via an online form

“We are in the process of modernizing the Library’s public computer, printing and photocopying systems,” staff said. “As of June 29, 22 branches have the new systems installed, with 11 more branches to come. During the transition, computers, printers and photocopiers may function differently or may be temporarily unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

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