Numerous Vancouver Island Regional Library branches to reopen this week

Numerous Vancouver Island Regional Library branches to reopen this week
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Vancouver Island Regional Library said in a press release the

Multiple libraries across Vancouver Island are set to reopen in some capacity this week.

Vancouver Island Regional Library says the “vast majority” of their branches are slated to open this week for limited in-branch service.

VIRL branches that are slated to reopen this week include Campbell River, Chemainus, Courtenay, Cumberland, Gabriola Island, Gold River, Ladysmith, Parksville, Port Alberni, Port Alice, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Qualicum Beach, Sidney-North Saanich, Tofino and Ucluelet.

The Comox and Cowichan Lake branches opened today while the Parksville branch is set to open tomorrow, according to VIRL.

“The openings we’re seeing this week are a direct result of the hard work, dedication, and resilience our staff have demonstrated despite the challenges the pandemic has created,” Melissa Legacy, VIRL’s director of library services and planning, said in a press release.

Some branches, because of their layout and location, will offer limited walk-through service while other branches will open their entire collection, offer sit-down service and computer access, according to VIRL.

VIRL also says customers must have their library cards with them and must obey all safety instructions and directives by staff while inside the branch.

Masks are not required inside the branches, however, VIRL is encouraging people to wear them. They’re also asking people to use the self-checkout machines, when available.

A number of other VIRL branches, including Nanaimo Harbourfront, Cowichan, Bowser and Sayward have already opened to the public in some capacity.

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