Six more Hamilton libraries to offer takeout

News Jul 03, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Residents looking to borrow books, music, videos and other items from the Hamilton Public Library will have more options later this month.

The Turner Park, Sherwood, Ancaster, Saltfleet, Kenilworth and Waterdown branches will begin offering takeout by appointment service as of July 14.

They will join the downtown Central branch along with Terryberry, Dundas and Red Hill that began the five-days-a-week pickup service on June 23.

All the branches were shut down on March 14 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are aiming to have all 22 branches open (for pickup only) by the end of July,” said Dawna Wark, director of public service, branches at the library. “We’re trying to roll this out in a gradual way.”

Under the system, library card holders can request a book or other item be put on hold via hpl.ca.

If you don’t have a library card you can get one through the website.

When the requested item is available, the client will receive an auto call or email asking them to contact the library to make an appointment for pickup at the branch that is most convenient for them. The pickup areas are marked for physical distancing.

Wark said the materials are put in a paper bag and pickup is either at the main door or in the foyer of the branch.

Since the pickup system began, 2,266 items have been checked out at Terryberry, 1,986 at Dundas, 1,141 at Central and 1,390 at Red Hill.

Altogether, those branches have seen 31,158 items put on hold and the holds last up to 21 days.

“Customers are really happy to get back in the branches in a limited way,” Wark said, adding all borrowed items are set aside or quarantined for 72 hours before they are put back in circulation.

She noted they are following the protocol suggested by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States and other medical authorities that calls for the quarantine.

Wark said the process does not include wiping the items with disinfectant as it could damage them.

“If they are really concerned about something, set it aside for a day,” Wark said.

Not touching your face while handling the material and washing your hands afterwards are also good ideas.

Wark said they are also looking at a way to enable library users to access the computers in the branches in a limited way.

“We haven’t figured out all of the details on that,” she said.

The library is also awaiting word from the province on when they might begin allowing limited browsing at the branches again.

But doing that, she said, will require more intensive cleaning and a method of tracking the handling of their materials.

Six more Hamilton libraries to offer takeout

Turner Park and Sherwood on list as of July 14

News Jul 03, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Residents looking to borrow books, music, videos and other items from the Hamilton Public Library will have more options later this month.

The Turner Park, Sherwood, Ancaster, Saltfleet, Kenilworth and Waterdown branches will begin offering takeout by appointment service as of July 14.

They will join the downtown Central branch along with Terryberry, Dundas and Red Hill that began the five-days-a-week pickup service on June 23.

All the branches were shut down on March 14 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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“We are aiming to have all 22 branches open (for pickup only) by the end of July,” said Dawna Wark, director of public service, branches at the library. “We’re trying to roll this out in a gradual way.”

Under the system, library card holders can request a book or other item be put on hold via hpl.ca.

If you don’t have a library card you can get one through the website.

When the requested item is available, the client will receive an auto call or email asking them to contact the library to make an appointment for pickup at the branch that is most convenient for them. The pickup areas are marked for physical distancing.

Wark said the materials are put in a paper bag and pickup is either at the main door or in the foyer of the branch.

Since the pickup system began, 2,266 items have been checked out at Terryberry, 1,986 at Dundas, 1,141 at Central and 1,390 at Red Hill.

Altogether, those branches have seen 31,158 items put on hold and the holds last up to 21 days.

“Customers are really happy to get back in the branches in a limited way,” Wark said, adding all borrowed items are set aside or quarantined for 72 hours before they are put back in circulation.

She noted they are following the protocol suggested by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States and other medical authorities that calls for the quarantine.

Wark said the process does not include wiping the items with disinfectant as it could damage them.

“If they are really concerned about something, set it aside for a day,” Wark said.

Not touching your face while handling the material and washing your hands afterwards are also good ideas.

Wark said they are also looking at a way to enable library users to access the computers in the branches in a limited way.

“We haven’t figured out all of the details on that,” she said.

The library is also awaiting word from the province on when they might begin allowing limited browsing at the branches again.

But doing that, she said, will require more intensive cleaning and a method of tracking the handling of their materials.

Six more Hamilton libraries to offer takeout

Turner Park and Sherwood on list as of July 14

News Jul 03, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

Residents looking to borrow books, music, videos and other items from the Hamilton Public Library will have more options later this month.

The Turner Park, Sherwood, Ancaster, Saltfleet, Kenilworth and Waterdown branches will begin offering takeout by appointment service as of July 14.

They will join the downtown Central branch along with Terryberry, Dundas and Red Hill that began the five-days-a-week pickup service on June 23.

All the branches were shut down on March 14 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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“We are aiming to have all 22 branches open (for pickup only) by the end of July,” said Dawna Wark, director of public service, branches at the library. “We’re trying to roll this out in a gradual way.”

Under the system, library card holders can request a book or other item be put on hold via hpl.ca.

If you don’t have a library card you can get one through the website.

When the requested item is available, the client will receive an auto call or email asking them to contact the library to make an appointment for pickup at the branch that is most convenient for them. The pickup areas are marked for physical distancing.

Wark said the materials are put in a paper bag and pickup is either at the main door or in the foyer of the branch.

Since the pickup system began, 2,266 items have been checked out at Terryberry, 1,986 at Dundas, 1,141 at Central and 1,390 at Red Hill.

Altogether, those branches have seen 31,158 items put on hold and the holds last up to 21 days.

“Customers are really happy to get back in the branches in a limited way,” Wark said, adding all borrowed items are set aside or quarantined for 72 hours before they are put back in circulation.

She noted they are following the protocol suggested by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States and other medical authorities that calls for the quarantine.

Wark said the process does not include wiping the items with disinfectant as it could damage them.

“If they are really concerned about something, set it aside for a day,” Wark said.

Not touching your face while handling the material and washing your hands afterwards are also good ideas.

Wark said they are also looking at a way to enable library users to access the computers in the branches in a limited way.

“We haven’t figured out all of the details on that,” she said.

The library is also awaiting word from the province on when they might begin allowing limited browsing at the branches again.

But doing that, she said, will require more intensive cleaning and a method of tracking the handling of their materials.