COVID-19 Updates

Last updated: June 30, 2021

As BC enters a new phase of reopening, NVDPL remains committed to the health and safety of our staff and our community. Library staff will be working to transition and gradually evaluate our operations as we move towards BC’s Phase 4 plans in the future. 

See below to learn more about what to expect during your visit and check back here for updates to library operations during COVID-19. Thank you for your patience and cooperation!

Library Hours 

  • Monday: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Friday-Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm

NEW: Vaccinations and Public Health Orders

While the Province of British Columbia’s Immunization Plan  is underway, all patrons (regardless of vaccination status) must continue to follow posted guidelines when using the library. Thank you for continuing to do your part!

NEW: Masks are Recommended

Masks are recommended in public indoor settings for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated.  Thank you for continuing to do your part!

NEW: Covered Beverages

Food is not permitted in the library at this time but covered beverages are ok! Please consume food before entering, and remember to wear your mask indoors if you are not fully vaccinated. 

 

What's available:

  • Self-service browsing in the stacks - occupancy limits are still in place
  • Holds pickup, Library Takeout and Personal Picks
  • Limited individual study spaces and reading areas – recommended 60 minutes only
  • Computers for Word processing, internet, and other applications – limited to 60 minute sessions
  • Wifi and charging for personal devices – recommended 60 minute sessions
  • Self-service printing, scanning, copy, and faxing services 
  • Socially distant staff help 
  • Exterior book drops (24/7)
  • Virtual programs and events
  • StoryLab

Temporarily unavailable:

  • No food 
  • Group study and/or tutoring space
  • Meeting room rentals
  • Indoor programming 

 

Before visiting:

  • Plan your visit and bring your mask. Masks are recommended in public indoor settings for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated. 
  • Don't visit if you, or a close contact, is experiencing symptoms of illness, or if you are required to self-isolate.
  • Postpone your visit if you have travelled internationally within the last 14 days.
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing or sanitizing your hands frequently, and cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Follow recommendations posted by public health authorities.

At the library:

  • Follow all posted guidelines, occupancy limits, floor markers, and time limits.
  • Maintain a distance of 6ft. between yourself and others.
  • Minimize handling items or touching items you don’t intend to borrow.
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing or sanitizing your hands frequently, and cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Masks are required in indoor public spaces. Follow the guidance from local health authorities, and be sure to combine this with the preventative measures like hand washing and physical distancing.  

 

Your Health and Wellness

Guidelines for libraries and for library visitors, issued by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), state that the risk of transmission at libraries remains low.

safety plan is in place to guide our operations, based on the recommendations from local health authorities.

View the Safety Plan.

Some of the measures you’ll see in practice include:

  • Hand sanitizer stations are available upon entry and washrooms are available.
  • Posted guidelines, occupancy limits, floor markers, and time limits.
  • Physical distancing.
  • Plexiglass barriers at service points.
  • Regular cleaning of high-touch areas.

NVDPL, along with other BC libraries, continues to follow the advice and recommendations of provincial health authorities, which is evolving as new information is available.

 

Other Services 

  • NVDPL From Home
    Free and unlimited use of NVDPL’s digital resources from the comfort of your own home through NVDPL From Home. 
  • Library Takeout and Personal Picks 
    Expert staff can help you select your next best read through Personal Picks and Kids' Picks. Visit Library Takeout for information. 
  • Virtual Programs
    Library programs are now VIRTUAL! Check out all of the events we’re offering from a distance. 
  • Sign-up for Library Card
    A North Vancouver District Public Library card is your pass to a wealth of resources, programs, and services! Sign up for a card online. 
  • Get Help
    We are here to help answer your questions! Please contact us if you require assistance. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to wear a mask?
Masks are recommended in public indoor settings for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated.  Thank you for continuing to do your part!

I’m at high-risk of serious illness from COVID-19.  What are my options?
The library has put controls and measures in place to keep visitors and staff safe. However, as a public space, there is some risk of encountering someone who is not following the guidelines. If you feel uncomfortable visiting, please contact your nearest NVDPL branch to discuss alternative options. We will work with you to connect you with our collections and services safely and comfortably.

Are you isolating or quarantining returned material?
Guidelines for libraries and for library visitors, issued by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), state that the risk of transmission in libraries is very low. Evidence does not require libraries to quarantine or disinfect their loaned items.

Generally, a period of 1-2 days passes throughout the typical return cycle of materials, as materials wait in return bins before being checked-in and put on carts for re-shelving, or being transferred between branches. If you are concerned, you may choose to bring your own bag to isolate materials at home.

I currently have fines exceeding $5 – will I be blocked from using online services?
If you owe more than $5 in fines, some services will be limited. If you need help, please contact us.

 

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