Nanaimo Harbourfront library branch will open to customers beginning Monday, July 20, following a closure of close to four months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo Harbourfront library branch will open to customers beginning Monday, July 20, following a closure of close to four months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Nanaimo News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo Harbourfront library opening doors following COVID-19 closure

Customers at downtown branch will be able to browse through a limited collection starting Monday

After closing its doors in March due to COVID-19 and related health restrictions, Harbourfront library branch is set to open its doors Monday.

Library branches across Vancouver Island closed on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions implemented by the province of B.C., but according to a press release, Harbourfront branch, in downtown Nanaimo, will offer “walkthrough service” beginning Monday, July 20, following safety and social distancing procedures.

The branch will offer access to a limited collection of books and DVDs for loan, photocopying services, fee payment and self-checkout.

Harbourfront library will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon and from 1-4 p.m. On Tuesdays, hours will be 1-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. and the branch is closed on Sundays.

Vancouver Island Regional Library reminds people that customers must have a library card and the branch will continue to offer pickup service, where customers can place holds on materials via an online catalogue and library staff prepare items, which customers can then pick up at a set time.

There will be no access to public washrooms or computers and according to Melissa Legacy, Vancouver Island Regional Library’s director of library services and planning, the plan at the branch will be used as a blueprint.

“It’s almost four months to the day since we suspended in-branch services in response to COVID-19,” Legacy said in the press release. “Since that time, we have never lost sight of people’s desire to return to the library … I am pleased to announce that we are piloting our walkthrough services at the Harbourfront branch – a model we plan to replicate and expand across our service area in the days and weeks ahead.”

For more information, go to www.virl.bc.ca.

RELATED: Nanaimo libraries begin book borrowing after COVID-19 closures

RELATED: Vancouver Island libraries close due to COVID-19


More from the News Bulletin on Facebook and Twitter

Books

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The City of Nanaimo, as seen from the Nanaimo Parkway. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo’s state of the economy report points to positive outlook in hard times

Job losses and shutdowns have hurt, but some sectors showing resiliency

Firefighters from three departments battled a house fire south of Nanaimo for more than nine hours Sunday. (Photo courtesy Martin Leduc)
Home destroyed by fire south of Nanaimo

Firefighters from three fire departments battle blaze fanned by strong southerly winds on Sunday

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: B.C. seniors aged 90+ can start to sign up for vaccination on March 8

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared over at Eden Gardens. (News Bulletin file photo)
COVID-19 outbreak declared over at Nanaimo’s Eden Gardens

One staff member and one resident tested positive for the virus over past two weeks

Gabriola Island poet Naomi Beth Wakan’s latest book is ‘Wind on the Heath.’ (Photo courtesy Elias Wakan)
Former Nanaimo poet laureate revisits past poems in latest collection

Gabriola Island’s Naomi Beth Wakan presents career-spanning ‘Wind on the Heath’

A copy of the book “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” by Dr. Seuss, rests in a chair, Monday, March 1, 2021, in Walpole, Mass. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the business that preserves and protects the author and illustrator’s legacy, announced on his birthday, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, that it would cease publication of several children’s titles including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo,” because of insensitive and racist imagery. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
6 Dr. Seuss books won’t be published for racist images

Books affected include McElligot’s Pool, On Beyond Zebra!, Scrambled Eggs Super! and The Cat’s Quizzer

FILE – Oshawa Generals forward Anthony Cirelli, left, shoots and scores his team’s first goal against Kelowna Rockets goalie Jackson Whistle during second period action at the Memorial Cup final in Quebec City on Sunday, May 31, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
B.C. government approves plan in principle to allow WHL to resume in the province

League includes Kamloops Blazers, Kelowna Rockets, Prince George Cougars, Vancouver Giants, Victoria Royals

The fundraising effort to purchase 40 hectares west of Cottonwood Lake announced its success this week. Photo: Submitted
Nelson society raises $400K to save regional park from logging project

The Nelson community group has raised $400,000 to purchase 40 hectares of forest

AstraZeneca’s vaccine ready for use at the vaccination centre in Apolda, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Reichel/dpa via AP
National panel advises against using Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine on seniors

NACI panel said vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are preferred for seniors ‘due to suggested superior efficacy’

A public health order has extended the types of health care professionals who can give the COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo courtesy of CHI Franciscan)
‘It’s great that midwives are included’ in rollout of B.C.’s COVID vaccine plan, says college

The order will help the province staff the mass vaccination clinics planned for April

Shipping containers are seen at the Fairview Cove Container Terminal in Halifax on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Canadian economy contracted 5.4 per cent in 2020, worst year on record

Drop was largely due to shutdowns in the spring as COVID began to spread

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s coronavirus situation, May 8, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C.’s weekend COVID-19 cases: 532 Saturday, 508 Sunday, 438 Monday

Fraser Health still has most, eight more coronavirus deaths

B.C. Attorney General David Eby speaks in the legislature, Dec. 7, 2020. Eby was given responsibility for housing after the October 2020 provincial election. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends COVID-19 rent freeze again, to the end of 2021

‘Renoviction’ rules tightened, rent capped to inflation in 2022

Most Read