Bowen Library reopening July 8

Just in time for beach read season, the Bowen Library building is reopening to the public after a three-month closure.

Islanders looking to browse the bookstacks or pick out a DVD, will be welcomed back as of July 8 but with pandemic precautions in place.

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Precautions include a limited number of visitors, limited hours, one-way entrance and exit, returns through the return slot (beside the door to the annex) as well as signage and sanitizing equipment. Internet computers, seating and newspapers won’t be available, nor will the annex or flexroom. Public access will be limited to four days a week with three-hour stints each day. There will be separate hours for seniors only.

“The new normal for Bowen Library is evolving and is expected to last at least until the end of this year,” said chief librarian Tina Nielsen in a press release. “We will continue to add services as the provincial situation improves and as it is safe to do so for staff and patrons.” 

While next Wednesday will mark the first time in months that a non-employees will be allowed into the heritage building, islanders haven’t been without library services lately. The library has run a takeout service since mid-May, which will continue.

“Customers have been grateful for the takeout service and are asking every day when we will open our doors again,” said Susan Geist, the library supervisor. “We know that our customers will be excited to come into the library and staff are equally excited to see our patrons again.”

In summary:

  • Open hours for the general public: Wed., Thurs., Fri., and Sat. from noon to 3 p.m.
  • Specific hours for seniors and those with health vulnerabilities: Thurs. 10 a.m. to noon (this will have lower occupancy numbers)
  • No internet computers, printing, seating, newspapers, annex or flexroom
  • One public washroom open
  • Limited occupancy (they ask islanders avoid coming as a group. The children’s area will be limited to two people or one family at a time)
  • More information and updates at: bowenlibrary.ca
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