Online library service is available in the Comox Valley and at all branches of the Vancouver Island Regional Library. Scott Stanfield photo

Online services available at Comox Valley libraries

Since early June, the Vancouver Island Regional Library has been offering ‘takeout’ service for the public via the internet.

Customers can place holds using an online catalogue. Staff then collect requested items and connect with customers to arrange a pick-up time.

As per physical distancing guidelines, all materials are quarantined for 72 hours between loans.

Libraries in Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland continue to host events such as Minecraft and the Summer Reading Club — online, that is.

Hornby Island and Union Bay branches have also re-opened for online service.

“The key with the takeout service is that every step of the process, health and safety is the number one priority,” said David Carson, VIRL communications manager. “Whether that’s the quarantining of materials in between uses or sanitizing any spaces that a customer may have come into contact with.”

Since the onset of COVID-19, he said VIRL has noticed a huge upswing in digital services.

“We’ve seen our e library skyrocket as a result of the pandemic,” Carson said. “It has, for years, been the fastest growing aspect of our collection.”

The Harbourfront branch in Nanaimo has initiated a pilot walkthrough service where a limited number of patrons can browse and check out items.

“It’s a very specific, controlled area of the branch that’s open to the public,” Carson said. “There’s a small, limited collection in there which is curated by staff. They try to keep it refreshed, and try to have a collection that caters to a diversity of reading habits. It’s been successful.”

In the first five days, more than 800 people walked through the doors at Harbourfront.

“We hope to offer this service at more branches in the near future, as well as sit down services in some of our smaller communities,” Carson said.

FMI: virl.bc.ca

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Comox Valley protesters send message over old-growth logging

Event at Sid Williams Plaza was part of province-wide event on Friday

Buy a Valley Vonka bar, support a good Comox Valley cause

All proceeds go to support YANA, and you might even win a golden ticket

One person dead in two-vehicle accident near Courtenay

Highway 19A was closed for several hours following the crash

Long-term care need pressuring acute care in Comox Valley, Strathcona

Region could use a couple of large facilities for seniors on the north part of the Island

Regional roundtable tackles Comox Valley air quality

Group includes a range of government and community members

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

Courtenay event protesting old-growth logging part of a province-wide rally

Similar rallies in communities throughout B.C. on Sept. 18

Comox Valley Beefs & Bouquets, week of Sept. 15

Beef to the gnome thief; bouquet to dental hygienists

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Comox Valley protesters send message over old-growth logging

Event in downtown Courtenay was part of wider event on Friday

Application deadline for fish harvester benefits program extended

Those financially impacted by the pandemic have until Oct. 5 to apply

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

Most Read