Our Path to Reopening
Saskatchewan will be moving into Stage 4.2 of its Re-Open Saskatchewan on Monday, June 29. It is during this phase that public libraries will be permitted to reopen in a limited fashion, while still following provincial guidelines around social distancing. We look forward to welcoming patrons back into the library, but we will not reopen on June 29.
We are following a Board-approved five-step plan to reopen libraries gradually. The next step will allow limited public access to libraries along with the resumption of some delivery services. Employees are actively working on everything needed to move into this next step of the plan and, we are doing everything possible to help ensure the health and safety of our employees and patrons.
As we begin to reopen libraries, things will be different. There will be limited hours and public health protocols in place, including limited capacity, hand washing and sanitizing stations, and physical distancing protocols. More details about targeted reopening dates will be available in the coming weeks.
SPL continues to provide public library service in the following ways:
- Library employees are available to answer questions and provide support over chat, email and phone, Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.
- SPL will continue to offer holds pick-up services by appointment at all locations.
- Book returns are open.
- Late fines are suspended.
- Digital materials—including eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies and more—are available online.
- Summer reading and literacy activities online.
- We are offering online programming.
In addition to preparing for the next step in our reopening plan, we are very busy working to meet the current demand for library services. In the first week of offering holds pick-up services, over 21,000 holds were placed by Saskatoon residents. There are also over 100,000 items currently checked out, though we have begun the process of checking in recently returned items. To ensure our ability to serve Saskatoon residents with our limited resources and to meet the high-demand for library services at this time, SPL will continue to suspend provincial resource sharing and interlibrary loans.
Update on Provincial Materials Holds & Delivery Services
Beginning June 29, some library systems in Saskatchewan will gradually resume the sharing of materials through the Saskatchewan Integrated Library System (SILS). However, SPL will not resume the provincial holds and delivery service at this time. We have tentatively scheduled to resume this service during Stage 5 of our reopening plan, though we will be regularly reassessing our ability to provide this service in the coming weeks and months. Our priority right now is meeting the high demand for library materials and other services in Saskatoon.
SPL is the largest and busiest library system in Saskatchewan. Therefore, the complexities and volume of materials related to resuming provincial resource-sharing is considerably greater than in other regions. In the first week of launching the holds pick-up services, more than 21,000 holds were placed. In addition to filling the high volume of holds, we are also working to check in the more than 100,000 items that were out when the library closed in mid-March.
We intend to rejoin the provincial materials holds and delivery service when we are able to better meet the demand in our city. Until then, Saskatoon residents can access nearly 600,000 physical items in SPL’s collection, and thousands more through the digital library.
We will provide service updates and guidelines on this page and social media. Thank you for your continued support and patience. We look forward to seeing you at the library soon.
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