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North Perth Public Library announces phase-in plans for curbside library services

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NORTH PERTH – As per the province of Ontario’s May 14 detailed list of Phase 2 – Stage 1 openings, the North Perth Public Library (NPPL) is sharing its plans for curbside services.

“We have missed our customers,” says Rebecca Dechert Sage, NPPL CEO. “We appreciate that they have come to rely on access to our collection. Library staff are excited to be able to lend materials again via curbside pick-up and look forward to connecting the community with the materials they have been waiting for.”

NPPL will take a three-staged approach to introduce curbside pick-up:

Book drops are open

Materials return chutes at all three locations are open and ready to collect any items customers currently have in their homes (please hold on to any board games until the physical buildings re-open). Due dates for all currently checked-out materials have been extended and late fees suspended until the physical buildings re-open. All returned items will be quarantined prior to check-in. As a result, customers will not see the items come off their account for at least 72 hours after leaving them in the book drop.

Starting June 1: Place holds

Beginning Monday, June 1, customers may select and request materials. Holds can be placed on books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and Wi-Fi hotspots via our online catalogue or electronic form at www.northperth.library.on.ca, and email at npl@northperth.ca. To request items by phone, please call the Listowel branch at 519-291-4621 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or leave a message. Not sure what to read or watch? Staff will customize recommendations – just ask!

Week of June 8: Curbside pick-up begins

Curbside pick-up services will be available at NPPL’s Listowel, Atwood, and Monkton branches. Once requested items are received and ready to go, staff will contact patrons by telephone to provide instructions and curbside pick-up times.