TNRL libraries have launched what they are calling “Library Takeout”, a program designed to deliver library materials to patrons before the full-scale library reopening.

On March 17, 2020 all Thompson Nicola Regional Libraries (TNRL) were closed in order to protect staff and patrons against the spread of Covid-19. One month later, on April 17, the TNRL library system announced they would be offering free Wi-Fi 24/7 outside of its buildings, in order to keep people who are dependent on their local libraries for internet connected.

The new takeout program is the next step in regaining connectivity.

“Library takeout is an important first step in returning to full library service,” says Judy Moore, TNRL’s Chief Librarian.

“While we’ve made great strides in delivering digital resources including eBooks, audio books and film, we know that many patrons much prefer physical items. The Library Takeout program mirrors how our restaurants have transitioned to pick up during this health crisis. Just as food is essential to life, so is knowledge and connection – brain food so to speak.”

To order “Library Takeout”, TNRL cardholders can log onto the TNRL website and place an item on hold. A notification will be received when requested items are ready, at which point the patron can call their local library to make an appointment to pick the items up.

Orders will be assembled by librarians in single use paper bags. According to a press release from the TNRL, “When patrons arrive at the library, staff will place the takeout bag with ordered books and other materials (such as DVDs or audio books) outside the doors of the building in order to facilitate a contactless transaction. Returned library items are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours.”