COVID-19 Updates

Last updated: December 21, 2021

NVDPL remains committed to the health and safety of our staff and our community and we have reintroduced some measures to help keep our community safe. NVDPL staff are working hard to create COVID-safe environments. Before your visit, please read the updates regarding library services below. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and kindness. 

 

NEW: 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+. 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 the Library if you or a close contact is experiencing symptoms of illness. If you're not feeling 100%, we ask you to delay your visit! Thank you for doing your part to keep our community and staff healthy.  

REMINDER: Masks are REQUIRED for everyone aged 5+

Masks must be worn by all people aged 5+ in all indoor public spaces, including in the Library, under the Provincial Health Officer’s current order effective October 12. You must wear a mask that covers your nose, mouth, and chin for the entire duration of your visit.

We ask all patrons to remember to wear your mask when entering any NVDPL location, or ask staff for a disposable mask if you forget yours. Masks for younger children are also encouraged! Kids, visit the Children's Desk if you'd like a sticker to decorate your mask. Thank you for continued support and for doing your part to help keep our staff and community safe. 

REMINDER: BC Vaccine Card Not Required for Entry  

Public Libraries are exempt from the Provincial Health Order requiring some events, services and businesses to verify vaccination status upon entry to the Library. However, if you would like to attend an in-person program, you must show proof of vaccination to Library staff to attend. Learn more about where the BC Vaccine Card is required: www.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard

REMINDER: 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. 

 

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:

  • Plan your visit and bring your mask. Masks are required inpublic indoor settings for all people 5+. 
  • 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 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. NOTE: Library staff will be updating measures and transitioning to a Comminicable Disease Preventation Plan at a later date. Until then, our Safety Plan remains in place. 

 

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+. 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

Do I have to wear a mask?
Yes. Masks must be worn by all visitors over the age of 5 in the Library under the Provincial Health Officer’s current order. You must wear a mask that covers your nose, mouth, and chin for the entire duration of your visit. Ask staff for a disposable mask if you forget yours. Masks for younger children are also encouraged! Kids, visit the Children's Desk if you'd like a sticker to decorate your mask. Thank you for continued support and for doing your part to help keep our staff and community safe. 

I am unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition. What can I do?
We acknowledge and respect that not everyone is able to wear a mask and acknowledge the guidelines from the BC Office of the Human Rights Commissioner. If you are unable to wear a mask, we are happy to accommodate by providing Library Takeout options or asking you to keep your visit brief. Please speak with staff about your options!

We are here to help you get access to library materials during this time. During this time, we recommend using Library Takeout so that we can collect materials for you and have them ready for a quick pick-up. We can also help you access digital resources. If you need to pick something up at the Library, we ask you to keep your visit quick. Please speak to staff about your options 

Why is the Library exempt from verifying vaccination status upon entry?
The Government of BC only requires that some services, events and places require to verify vaccination status via the BC Vaccine Card. A more comprehensive list is available online: www.gov.bc.ca/vaccinecard

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.

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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