Media Releases & Public Service Announcements

Update from Thunder Bay Public Library - Wednesday July 15, 2020

Thunder Bay Public Library - Phase Four Announced!

The Thunder Bay Public Library has been planning for a phasing in of library service to the community.  We are taking a deliberately slow and safe approach for the health and safety of Library staff and the public.

There are seven phases in the plan. We are planning to move to phase four as of July 20th.  In phase four, we will start no contact holds pick up at the Waverley and Mary J.L. Black Libraries and we will continue to accept returns.

A ‘hold’ is created when an item has been reserved for a specific library member. Holds can be placed online at, or by phone at 684-6814.  A library card number and PIN is necessary to place a hold online.

Library members will receive a phone call from library staff when an item they have on hold becomes available. Holds can be picked up at Waverley or Mary J.L. Black, Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm. Detailed instructions will be provided over the phone.

We do not have a timeline for when we will move from phase four to phase five as this will depend on staff safety, building preparation, staff capacity and public safety.  Local health advice will also be factored into our decision making.

Library staff will continue to offer collections, services, and programs online during all seven phases on our website and social media.

Check the TBPL website and Facebook page for the most current information.  Find us on social media @TBayPL / website  We will also issue regular updates to the media and the community as we move forward.

Visit our updated Services Information and FAQs page and the Phased Service Plan below for more details.

Contact:  John Pateman, CEO/Chief Librarian - 630-4619 /

Reopening Phase Four poster