Oak Bay library branch reopening nearing; pop-up winding down

Oak Bay library branch reopening nearing; pop-up winding down
The Oak Bay library branch at 1442 Monterey Ave.

The permanent Oak Bay branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library is almost ready to be reopened, which means operations at the pop-up branch will be winding down.

The Oak Bay branch closed to the public in January due to a discovery of dust contaminated with asbestos.

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Testing at the library determined there wasn’t an exposure in the public or staff areas, and a full abatement process has now been completed.

The pop-up library location will close at 5 p.m. on May 28, and the permanent branch will reopen sometime in the week of June 5-11, with an exact date to be announced later.

During the closure between May 28 and the reopening, there will be no in-person services in Oak Bay. GVPL says the nearest branches are the Central, sxʷeŋxʷəŋ təŋəxʷ James Bay, and Nellie McClung branches.

Holds will remain during the closure, and anyone wanting to change, cancel or suspend a hold can do so on the library’s website or by calling GVPL’s Customer Service Line at 250-940-4875.

Returns can be done at any library branch, and a 24-hour temporary outdoor book return will remain outside the Monterey Recreation Centre.

Laura BroughamLaura Brougham

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