Library Re-Opening Update

Jun 01, 2021

UPDATE: As per the Alberta Government's Open for Summer Plan, indoor recreation including public libraries are part of Stage 2 re-opening. The Okotoks Public Library has tentatively scheduled our re-open date of Thursday, June 10th if all guidelines are met and the government allows libraries to re-open. More details to come.

Hours of Operation:

As per the Alberta Government's Open for Summer Plan, indoor recreation including public libraries are part of Stage 2 re-opening. The Okotoks Public Library will re-open on Thursday, June 10th if the government allows libraries to re-open. Effective, June 10th our open hours will be:

  • Monday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: CLOSED
 Facility:
  • The building is limited to 30% capacity as per Alberta Government restrictions. Our maximum capacity is 70 people. Please consider allowing only one member of per household to enter the building.
  • All patrons are required to maintain 6 feet distance from one another.
  • Masks or face shields must be worn to enter the building for any reason as per the Okotoks Library Board Public Admittance to the Library Bylaw. If you are unable to wear a mask or face shield we are happy to serve you using our curbside pickup service.
  • The public washrooms in the foyer will be available to the public. Masks or face shields must be worn to enter the building to access the washrooms.
  • Limited individual study tables will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Masks must be worn while using the study tables not including times when consuming food or drink.
Health & Safety:
  • Do not enter the building if you currently or recently have had a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or are feeling unwell.
  • Please keep your hands clean and use the provided hand sanitizer.
  • Masks or face shields must be worn to enter the building for any reason. If you are unable to wear a mask or face shield we are happy to offer our alternative services including:

Curbside Pickup.

New and Renewal Memberships at the Front Door.

Virtual Programs and Take & Make Craft Kits for all Ages.

Our online catalogue www.tracpac.ab.ca and eResources are available 24/7.

Wi-fi is accessible from the green space behind the library.

Curated Picks - let our staff select items for you!

Curbside printing is available by request.

Project/Research assistance by phone or email.

Borrowing and Returns:
  • We continue to receive inter-library delivery. Please note delivery times are slower than normal.
  • Our exterior bookdrop will be open 24/7 to accept returns. Oversized items (snowshoes, ukuleles, etc.) can be returned directly to library staff during our open hours.
  • All materials returned to the library will be quarantined for 3 days before being checked in. Any fines that accrue during this 3-day quarantine period will be waived. Any other applicable overdue fines will be applied.
Computers and Photocopying:
  • Limited public computers, photocopying and scanning services will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Computer time is limited to 30 minutes.
  • One-on-one technical assistance is not available.
Staff:
  • Face masks will be worn by all staff at all times, including during curbside pickup.
Miscellaneous:
  • In-person programming is temporarily suspended. Visit our Programming & Events page or follow Okotoks Public Library on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to learn about upcoming virtual events.
  • Book donations are not accepted at this time.
  • Book sale items may be available at intermittent times. Curbside Pop-up book sales may happen (weather dependent). Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for details.
  • Exam proctoring services are available by appointment only. Click here to learn more.
  • Meeting Room bookings are not available.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where can I park when visiting the library?

The library parking lot is permanently closed due to on-going construction with the Okotoks Arts & Learning Campus. Temporary parking is located in the parking lot on the former Creamery site between the residential lot and the United Church. Please look for directional signage.

2. Can I return my library items?

All library items must be returned in our 24-hour exterior book drop. Overdue fines will incur on items that are returned late. All items will be quarantined for 3 days before they are removed from your account as per Alberta Health Services guidelines. No overdue fines will be incurred during this 3-day quarantine period. You may still receive notifications from TRAC about your items while they are being quarantined.

Oversize items like book club kits, ukuleles, snowshoes, retro gaming consoles, etc. can be returned directly to library staff during regular open hours.

3. What has happened to my holds that are available for pick up?

Holds will be held for 10 days. Curbside pickup will still be offered during operating hours by calling the library at 403-938-2220.

4. Can I purchase a new annual library membership or renew an expired one online?

Yes, we now offer online new and renewal library memberships. Click here for more information and begin the application process. Please call library staff at 403-938-2220 for more information.

5. What if I have additional questions or need help?

Library staff are available to answer your questions during operating hours. Please call us at 403-938-2220.

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