If you haven’t heard yet, the library is moving to a temporary location! There are a lot of questions surrounding this move, so we’ve put together a list of answers for you! Our last day at 81 Beckwith St N will be Saturday December 9 and we will reopen at 30 Russell St E on December 20. This move is to enable important renovations to be done.
1.What books will be available in the temporary location?
·We’ll be starting out with a bit more than a tenth of our current collection and we’ll be adding new titles throughout the year. There will be a good selection of recent and popular works but we won’t have access to older, lesser-used titles.
2.Will there by any changes to e-resources?
·We plan to increase our spending on Libby to provide customers with greater access to electronic titles more quickly. Hoopla limits will remain unchanged. We’ll also be keeping all of our other current databases.
3.What if I want to read a book that isn’t available at the temporary location?
·We will be suspending limits on interlibrary loan (ie: books that come from other libraries) requests. We will be dedicating much more staff time to acquiring these titles for customers. Please don’t hesitate to ask for what you’re looking for. While it’s not instantaneous, we are able to fulfill the vast majority of titles requested through interlibrary loan.
4.What programs will be available in the temporary location?
·Basically, smaller programs given the smaller space (eg. story times).We will need to be strict about pre-registration given the space constraints. We are planning to hold some bigger events off-site during the summer.
5.How long do you expect to be in the temporary location?
·We’re planning to be in the temporary location for up to one year but we’re hoping that it may be closer to 10 months.
6.Will your hours be the same?
7.Will the smaller location have any impact on staffing levels?
·Overall, it won’t. The major exception is that we only plan on having one summer student. We will have a scaled-down TDSRC this summer and no one-on-one tutoring.
8.Will there be a place to study in the temporary location?
·Space will be limited. There will be tables that can be used for this purpose most of the time but they won’t be very private. We’re very sorry for this inconvenience but space really is limited in the temporary location.
9. Is the temporary location accessible?
·Yes. There is a ramp at the back door of the building with an accessible door button to let yourself in. There’s also a fully-accessible washroom available.
10.Why will you be closed from December 11 to 19?
·Quite simply we need time to pack, move, and organize. We are planning a goodbye event to the children’s space on the 19th though.
11.Where can I return my books when you’re between locations?
·Our book drop will be accessible. However, no items will be due between December 9 and December 20 so please hold onto items until we reopen at our temporary location if at all possible.
12. Will there be a book return at the temporary location?
No. Please return items in-person if at all possible. We’re planning to move the book drop to the front of the current building to be able to continue receiving mail but we’re hoping most people won’t use it to return books as it is a bit of distance for our staff to walk with its contents.
13.Will used books be for sale at the temporary location?
·No. Space is just too limited. We have, however, already provided some books to the Friends of the Library for their annual book sale so be sure to come to that event!
14. Can I borrow books for the entire year?
·No. While we won’t be taking most older titles with us, we feel that a year is too long to have books unaccounted for. While we are fine-free, books that are not returned you will ultimately be billed for books that are not returned; they will be marked as lost.