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Library sticks with curbside service

Thunder Bay Public Library won't reopen beyond curbside services until district moves back to Green-Prevent level, it announces.
Mary JL Black Library
The Mary J.L. Black Library is one of three branches that will continue to offer curbside pickup. (File photo)

THUNDER BAY – With COVID-19 cases rapidly rising in the city, the Thunder Bay Public Library says it will stick with a “safe and slow approach," offering curbside service only until it sees significant improvement in public health indicators.

The library will consider further reopening when the district returns to the Green-Prevent level in the province’s COVID-19 response framework, it announced Monday.

The district was moved from a province-wide lockdown into the Red-Control level on Feb. 16, and has so far remained there despite dramatic increases in cases and other indicators.

The library’s curbside services include limited access to main entrances at the Waverley, Brodie, and Mary J.L. Black branches for pickup of holds, book bundles, craft kits, and other programming.

The library will not fill requests for items at the door, it reminded patrons. Residents can access services at the library’s website or by calling 345-8275.

Those branches will remain open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, until further notice. Curbside service is not being offered at the County Fair branch.

Other services such as free printing, faxing, photocopying, scanning, and battery recycling are not yet offered.