Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Curbside service ‘first step’ toward opening libraries

While library buildings remain closed by provincial order, Chatham-Kent Public Library officials say they are pleased to announce that curbside service to library patrons will begin this week.

The curbside service of library materials at select library branches was part of a motion approved by Council at Monday night’s meeting. Details, here: Library curbside pick-up approved, more service levels restored

“Our libraries are important to so many people in our community,” stated Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff, in a press release.

“The curbside service is the first step in getting everyone back in touch with a service they’ve missed.”

Curbside service will launch at the Chatham Branch initially.

Library officials say pickup will be available outside the branch by appointment only.

Library staff will initially be offering materials to patrons who already have items on the holds shelves.

In the near future, Chatham-Kent Public Library will expand curbside service to the Wallaceburg, Ridgetown and Tilbury branches.

More details and information will be coming shortly, library officials say.

“The health and safety of the library team and the public is important to us, so precautions will be in practice to keep everyone safe,” Chatham-Kent Public Library officials said in a media release.

“If you are unwell, CKPL asks that you cancel your appointment and keep library materials at home for a two week period. No library fines are being charged during curbside service.”

Chatham-Kent Public Library officials encourage people to follow CKPL on social media and watch CKPL’s website for information on placing new holds on library materials and how to book your time slot for pickup.

“If you don’t have internet access, you can call CKPL for information at 519-354-2940,” library officials say.

“Please note with limited staff, phones will be answered as time permits. Thank you for being patient as we adapt to our new level of service.”

CKPL’s virtual library continues to be available any time by visiting

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