Readers rejoice as libraries return

by Andy Bryenton

Keen readers who have exhausted their supply of fresh literature will be pleased to hear that Kaipara District’s libraries are set to reopen soon. 

Level two coronavirus restrictions mean it’s now possible to re-engage with our local libraries via click and collect, with more services coming on stream as soon as possible. 

“We are looking forward to providing services to you in level two,” says Dargaville library spokesperson Lisa Salter. 

“We have missed you, and we know you’ll be keen to borrow some fresh items. To manage the new normal, and make sure we can keep everyone safe, we are going to stagger our reopening.”

Initially, library opening hours will be reduced, and Dargaville Library will not be open Saturdays. Libraries will be only offering a click and collect service at first — with increased services and hours when possible. The community libraries will be doing the same. Once all the health and safety aspects are covered to ensure safety, limited access into the library will be allowed, starting with above 70-year-olds and vulnerable members of the community.

My Book Bag is a new click and collect service available on our website,“ says Lisa. 

“Complete one of the online forms and we will contact you when your items are ready to collect from the library. Alternatively, call us if you would like to place an order by telephone on 0800 532 542.”

As for returns, the date has been reset to June 30, so there is no need to worry about fines and penalties. All libraries except Paparoa have a return slot for your convenience. However, patrons who have been ill or in self-isolation are asked to hold on to returns to ensure they are safe. Free WiFi is back up and running, though the use of Chromebooks and computers inside the library is on hold.