With Ontario reaching Step 2 of the provincial three-step Reopening Plan on June 30 – public libraries are once again in a position to welcome customers through their doors.  Windsor Public Library will resume normal library service – with reduced capacity limits – on Monday, July 5.

Access to computers and photocopiers will continue and customers permitted to enter to browse and experience other library services, which have been suspended since March 2020.

“Library staff has focused on new ways to provide service to the community since March 2020 and did so in an innovative and safe fashion,” says WPL Board Chair, Councillor Rino Bortolin, “but we’re overjoyed to finally throw open our doors and welcome back customers.”

Branches are operating under summer hours and will adhere to capacity guidelines set out in the Reopening Plan. Customers will be expected to follow existing health and safety protocols, including the wearing of masks and appropriate social distancing will be in effect.

“The opportunity to finally allow customers into our branches to browse is tremendous,” says WPL CEO Kitty Pope.  “Although our electronic and digital circulation hit all-time highs over the past 16 months, there is nothing quite like the feel of a book on the shelf or the ability of customers to chat with staff they haven’t seen in a while.  Information on summer programming for children will be available soon.”

The July 5 reopening will see the suspension of curbside pickup.

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  1. Maria Marcon says:

    Curious if we are able to sit at tables at all libraries?

    • Chris W. says:

      On July 5, WPL will be operating under Step 2 of the Ontario ROADMAP TO REOPEN. Due to capacity restrictions, lounge
      and study space is unavailable at this time.

  2. Lorraine says:

    Good news to the patrons’ ears!!! We’ve missed you…. (and the books)!
    Thank you for all your efforts…..

  3. Michelle Larche says:

    Will lockdown hours remain as they are currently posted or go back to what they used to be, pre pandemic? Thanks!

  4. Dayna says:

    Wonderful news!!

  5. Nancy F. says:

    Will I pick up my Holds inside the library now?

  6. Christina O’Keefe says:

    Will there be any accommodations made for people just picking up holds, as the maximum number of people allowed in is pretty small?

    • Chris W. says:

      Thanks for you question Christina. We will do our best to serve all customers as quickly as possible – given the capacity limits. Please bear with us as we all work through the reopening guidelines.

  7. Gary Wells says:

    If lounge and table space is not allowed how can I do research at local history branch?

    • Chris W. says:

      Thanks Gary. I ask for patience as we work though the reopening guidelines. Staff at Local History are finally open and serving customers so I’m sure they will be able to find what you need.

  8. Lori says:

    Where must I go to renew my library card? Is there a downtown location with parking?

    • Chris W. says:

      Central Branch at 185 Ouellette Avenue has parking behind, just off Pitt Street. Or call our Customer Services department at 519-255-6770, Option 1, who can help.

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