COVID-19 Updates

Last updated: March 11, 2022

We’re moving at our own pace.

Thank you for your patience and consideration as we develop a plan for adjusting to current guidance from the Province of BC. Before your visit, please read the updates regarding library services below. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and kindness. 

 

NEW: Masks Not Required- but Welcomed! 

Masks are no longer required in indoor public spaces, but as we gradually ease out of COVID restrictions, we welcome you to wear a mask in our libraries during this time. If you’d like a mask during your visit, please ask staff. 

REMINDER: Proof of Vaccination Required to Attend In-Person Library Programs 

As per the Provincial Health Officer's current order effective December 20, 2021, proof of full vaccination is required to attend in-person programs for participants aged 12+ until April 8, 2022. Patrons who are 19 and older must also show a piece of valid ID. If you are attending an in-person program, staff will scan your paper or digital vaccine card. If you are unable to present proof of vaccination, you can only attend virtual program offerings at this time. Check out our Events Calendar

REMINDER: Delay Your Visit if You're Not Well 

Please do not visit if you or a close contact is experiencing symptoms of illness.

 

What's available:

  • Full access to the library collection
  • Holds pickup, Library Takeout and Personal Picks
  • Limited individual study spaces and reading areas 
  • Computers for Word processing, internet, and other applications 
  • Wifi and charging for personal devices 
  • Self-service printing, scanning, copy, and faxing services
  • Socially distant staff help
  • Virtual programs and events
  • StoryLab

Temporarily unavailable:

  • No food 
  • Meeting room rentals
  • Most indoor programs

 

Planning your visit:

  • Wash or sanitize your hands regularly.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Don't visit if you are experiencing symptoms of illness.
  • Delay your visit if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow recommendations and guidelines during your visit. 

 

Your Health and Wellness

A COVID-19 safety plan is in place to guide our operations, based on the recommendations from local health authorities. View the Safety Plan

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. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to show proof of vaccination to attend an in-person program? 

As per the Provincial Health Officer's current order effective December 20, 2021, proof of full vaccination is required to attend in-person programs for participants aged 12+ until April 8, 2022. Patrons who are 19 and older must also show a piece of valid ID. If you are attending an in-person program, staff will scan your paper or digital vaccine card. 

Do I have to wear a mask?

As of March 11, 2022, masks are no longer required in indoor spaces. As we gradually ease out of COVID restrictions, we welcome you to wear a mask in our libraries during this time. If you’d like a mask during your visit, please ask staff.  

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.

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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