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Richmond Public Library introduces curbside holds pickup

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Published 10:56 PDT, Wed May 20, 2020

Last Updated: 2:17 PDT, Wed May 20, 2020

After weeks of closure, Richmond Public Library staff are finding new ways to serve the community.

Following guidelines set out by the province, the Brighouse branch will launch a curbside holds pickup service today. This service will soon be available at Steveston, Cambie and Ironwood branches as well.

“While we’re enjoying connecting with so many community members through online programs, we absolutely miss seeing you and we know you miss coming to the library,” said chief librarian Susan Walters. “As we begin to restore library services, I share the library board’s perspective that a slow and steady approach is the right way to proceed for our community and the library.”

There is no requirement to return books already borrowed. All due dates have been extended to July 31 and no fines are being charged.

The Brighouse book returns will also open today and remain open daily. Beginning Monday, the book returns will be open at other branches from 10 a.m. Mondays to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

For the curbside holds pickup and book return, a system is in place to ensure physical distancing and safety procedures for returned materials. 

“We are committed to bringing back the library services our community needs in as safe a manner as possible,” said board chair Robin Leung. “We would like to thank our community for their patience as we gradually re-introduce access to valuable library services and resources step by step.”

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