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Public Service Announcement

Update from Thunder Bay Public Library - Friday, May 22, 2020

Planning is Underway for A Phased Approach to Offering Library Service

You may have heard that the Government of Ontario announced that during the initial phase of re-opening the economy, Libraries may offer pick-up or delivery services.  Libraries were not made aware of this in advance of the announcement, so this took us very much by surprise!

Our buildings have been closed by Provincial order since mid-March, and we have not been allowed to have any staff working in the buildings.  We do have a core group of staff who have been working from home on plans for how to safely offer library services to the public. The plan is a slow,  safe and phased approach to offering service.   We are in the initial stage of bringing staff back to work, also in a phased way.  Staff orientation and training in new safety and cleaning protocols will be an immediate priority.  Library buildings will also have to be prepared for physical distancing and other safety measures in order to get staff back to work.

We very much miss serving the community in person, but this is tempered by our primary concern for the health and safety of both staff and library members.  For this reason, Thunder Bay Public Library will not be offering pick up or delivery services at this time.  

Plans for how we will start offering services will be shared as they are ready.  We will be considering the health and safety of both staff and the community in each phase.  Stay tuned for more details via the website, social media and local news sources.


Thunder Bay Public Library will continue to offer our amazing, ramped up virtual services online 24/7 at www.tbpl.ca  plus a variety of online activities and programs along the way.


Contact:  John Pateman, CEO/Chief Librarian - 630-4619 / jpateman@tbpl.ca