City reopening three libraries for holds pick-up
The Millennium Library is pictured on May 26, 2020 (CTV News Photo Charles Lefebvre)
WINNIPEG -- The city announced on Tuesday the first phase of reopening libraries in Winnipeg.
Starting on June 8, three libraries will be opened for people to pick up items they have placed a hold on.
The three libraries are the Millennium Library at 251 Donald St., Henderson Library at 1050 Henderson Hwy., and Pembina Trail Library at 2724 Pembina Hwy.
Millennium will be open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Henderson and Pembina Trail will be open Monday to Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
People will still not be able to return items and won't be able to browse the libraries.
"The process of bringing back returns is actually a lot more complicated than it first appears. We wanted to take a slow and phased-in approach to protect our staff and the residents of Winnipeg," said Jay Shaw, assistant chief of Winnipeg's emergency operations centre.
The city said the three libraries were chosen because they are the busiest, most accessible branches.
"The amount of minute detail that we are going to need to go into to be allowing people to come into our facilities with the high touch areas and making sure we're enhancing cleaning and taking care of our citizens and our staff, is going to be extensive," Shaw said.
If people want to place a hold on items, they can do so using the library's online catalogue or mobile app.
Only one person per family will be allowed to pick-up items placed on hold, but visitors can pick up family member's holds if they bring their library card.
When it comes to possible library fines, Shaw said they want to take care of Winnipeggers who are holding onto books.
"We want to make sure that they are forgiven for the fines up to a certain date level, because they are taking care of the books for us right now and we want those books back," he said.
The city said Phase Two of reopening libraries could happen in July, and would include expanded services like checkout, returns, and additional branches.
More information can be found on the city's website.