As of Friday, June 11, in accordance with government and public health guidelines, Waterloo Public Library will be removing the 24 hour isolation period for returned library items.
For our customers, this change means a better library experience – you won’t have to wait as long for library items - while maintaining everyone’s health and safety.
Knowledge about routes of transmission for COVID-19 has evolved greatly over the last year and it is now considered unlikely that the virus will remain active on surfaces in real-world conditions.
If you are feeling unwell or if any member of your household is sick or in isolation, we ask that you refrain from borrowing library materials. This will help us all feel more comfortable and confident with the safety of our collections.
The health and safety of our staff and our customers is our top priority. Here are the measures we are taking:
- Staff wear appropriate personal protective equipment including face masks or coverings
- Physical distancing protocols in place
- Increased cleaning schedule including disinfecting of high touch surfaces
- Staff training on safety measures
Main Library - WPL To Go curbside pick-up
Monday to Saturday: 10:00am to 6:00pm
John M. Harper Branch - WPL To Go curbside pick-up
Monday to Saturday: 11:00am to 6:00pm
McCormick Branch - WPL To Go curbside pick-up
Monday to Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday to Saturday: CLOSED
All items must be returned through the external returns slots which are available at all locations 24/7. The only exceptions are hotspots, board games and borrowed program kits which must be returned directly to staff during library hours.
In accordance with both the Province of Ontario Reopening Rules and the Region of Waterloo's Face Covering By-law, masks that cover both the nose and mouth MUST be worn when at the library*.
*Unless medical exemptions apply.
Mask wearing regulations can be found at the links below:
While no overdue fines are currently being charged, we do ask that you return overdue library materials.
Holds pick up time will continue to be 7 days.