Hamilton Public Library reopens branches

Community Jul 31, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Don Maga was one of the first inside the Concession Street branch of the Hamilton Public Library when it reopened its doors for the first time since mid-March.

“There’s a lot of people missing it,” said the longtime user. “It’s always nice to come in and grab a magazine or read your emails.”

Most of Hamilton’s 22 libraries reopened on July 30 as part of Phase 3 restart in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Turner Park branch is open as of Aug. 4.

City libraries had been closed since March 15 due to the pandemic, although some branches had been offering curbside pickup.

Concession Street branch manager Caitlin Fralick was all smiles as she welcomed users back into the building.

“It’s great to be back,” she said.

Sixty-five people dropped by the Concession branch on July 30.

Concession and the other branches have been marked off for physical distancing with reduced capacity.

Only 15 people are permitted in the Concession library at any one time.

Users and employees must wear a mask as per the city bylaw.

“It’s different, but it’s the new normal,” Fralick said. “The collection is totally available; you can browse the collection.”

Library computer terminals and printers are also available but have been spaced out for physical distancing and Plexiglas barriers have been installed at the service desks.

In-person programs at the branches are still suspended, probably at least until mid to late fall.

Fralick said they are asking the public to use the book return mail slot rather than bring borrowed materials back inside and all borrowed materials are quarantined for 72 hours before they go back on the shelves.

“We are asking members who come in to bring their library card (for tracking purposes)” said Shelly McKay, HPL manager of communications. “We’re also asking if they do touch (a book) on the shelf, that also goes into the bin and we’re happy to reshelf it after 72 hours.”

A library card can be obtained online via hpl.ca.

Hamilton Public Library reopens branches

Most of city's 22 libraries reopened July 30

Community Jul 31, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Don Maga was one of the first inside the Concession Street branch of the Hamilton Public Library when it reopened its doors for the first time since mid-March.

“There’s a lot of people missing it,” said the longtime user. “It’s always nice to come in and grab a magazine or read your emails.”

Most of Hamilton’s 22 libraries reopened on July 30 as part of Phase 3 restart in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Turner Park branch is open as of Aug. 4.

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City libraries had been closed since March 15 due to the pandemic, although some branches had been offering curbside pickup.

Concession Street branch manager Caitlin Fralick was all smiles as she welcomed users back into the building.

“It’s great to be back,” she said.

Sixty-five people dropped by the Concession branch on July 30.

Concession and the other branches have been marked off for physical distancing with reduced capacity.

Only 15 people are permitted in the Concession library at any one time.

Users and employees must wear a mask as per the city bylaw.

“It’s different, but it’s the new normal,” Fralick said. “The collection is totally available; you can browse the collection.”

Library computer terminals and printers are also available but have been spaced out for physical distancing and Plexiglas barriers have been installed at the service desks.

In-person programs at the branches are still suspended, probably at least until mid to late fall.

Fralick said they are asking the public to use the book return mail slot rather than bring borrowed materials back inside and all borrowed materials are quarantined for 72 hours before they go back on the shelves.

“We are asking members who come in to bring their library card (for tracking purposes)” said Shelly McKay, HPL manager of communications. “We’re also asking if they do touch (a book) on the shelf, that also goes into the bin and we’re happy to reshelf it after 72 hours.”

A library card can be obtained online via hpl.ca.

Hamilton Public Library reopens branches

Most of city's 22 libraries reopened July 30

Community Jul 31, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Don Maga was one of the first inside the Concession Street branch of the Hamilton Public Library when it reopened its doors for the first time since mid-March.

“There’s a lot of people missing it,” said the longtime user. “It’s always nice to come in and grab a magazine or read your emails.”

Most of Hamilton’s 22 libraries reopened on July 30 as part of Phase 3 restart in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Turner Park branch is open as of Aug. 4.

Related Content

City libraries had been closed since March 15 due to the pandemic, although some branches had been offering curbside pickup.

Concession Street branch manager Caitlin Fralick was all smiles as she welcomed users back into the building.

“It’s great to be back,” she said.

Sixty-five people dropped by the Concession branch on July 30.

Concession and the other branches have been marked off for physical distancing with reduced capacity.

Only 15 people are permitted in the Concession library at any one time.

Users and employees must wear a mask as per the city bylaw.

“It’s different, but it’s the new normal,” Fralick said. “The collection is totally available; you can browse the collection.”

Library computer terminals and printers are also available but have been spaced out for physical distancing and Plexiglas barriers have been installed at the service desks.

In-person programs at the branches are still suspended, probably at least until mid to late fall.

Fralick said they are asking the public to use the book return mail slot rather than bring borrowed materials back inside and all borrowed materials are quarantined for 72 hours before they go back on the shelves.

“We are asking members who come in to bring their library card (for tracking purposes)” said Shelly McKay, HPL manager of communications. “We’re also asking if they do touch (a book) on the shelf, that also goes into the bin and we’re happy to reshelf it after 72 hours.”

A library card can be obtained online via hpl.ca.