From The Chief Librarian

Library Update

The health and safety of our community and staff is of the utmost priority to Richmond Public Library and the Library Board. After consultation with the City of Richmond, all Richmond Public Library branches will be closing to the public as of Tuesday March 17, 2020 until further notice.

We are taking this action to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and to help keep Richmond residents and the broader community healthy. Our hope is that by taking the advice of our local health authority to implement these proactive steps immediately, we will be able to slow the spread of the virus and return to offering the library services you count on as soon as possible.

During this temporary closure, Richmond residents can continue to access Richmond Public Library’s online resources, which include: eBooks, audiobooks, online learning, digital newspapers and magazines, music, language learning courses and more. To support our community of readers, the library is also adding additional titles to its eBook collections this week.br>

All late fines are currently suspended, due dates and renewals are extended to July 31 and there are no charges for holds not picked up. We’ll keep your hold for you until service resumes.

We encourage community members to stay informed by consulting reliable sources such as the BC Centre for Disease Control. For local updates, please visit the City’s website and social media channels, and for library updates, check our website frequently as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We appreciate the community’s understanding during these uncertain times as we work together to help ensure the health and safety of Richmond residents, and to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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