St. Thomas Public Library is Open!

Welcome back!

As of Monday, November 8, 2021, we are expanding our hours to welcome you back into the library! 

PLEASE NOTE OUR UPDATED HOURS:

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Closed Sundays and holidays.

You can come in to the library during the hours above to:

  • Pick out books, magazines, movies, kits, and more
  • Pick up holds
  • Use a computer (one 1 hour session per person per day,  first-come first-serve)
  • Use a WiFi station
  • Use a microfilm reader and our Local History resources (one 2 hour session per person per day, by appointment)

Important Information for your Visit

 

At this time, proof of vaccination is NOT required to use the library. Masks are required to enter the building. 

We ask that you sanitize your hands as you enter and as you leave. Please keep a safe distance from other library users by keeping 2 metres (6 feet) away!

Capacity is limited in the library, and we ask that you limit the amount of time you spend in the building.

Please use the outdoor return bins to return your items.


More Information about Holds Pickup

How to Use Holds Pickup:

1) Place Your Holds

You can place your holds online with your library account or over the phone by calling 519-631-6050 and pressing 1. If you need a library card, you can sign up for one online at https://stthomaspubliclibrary.ca/virtual-card/ or over the phone by calling 519-631-6050 and pressing 1.  You can also sign up for one when you visit the library.

2) Wait for an Email or Phone Call

Once you have submitted your holds, we will pull all available materials from the shelves and you will receive an email or phone call telling you they are ready.

3) Pickup Your Items

There is no need to call and schedule a time to pick up! Don’t forget your mask! It is required for entry. If you cannot wear a mask, we can get your items to you via curbside pickup. Please call us at 519-631-6050 when you arrive. Your items will be available for pick up inside the library where you can take them from the holds shelf them off and check them out to take home.

4) Enjoy Your Items!


More Information about Computer Access

How to Use the Public Computers:

Computers can be used for 1 hour per day and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Computers are free to use with your  St. Thomas Public Library library card. If you need a library card, you can sign up for one online at https://stthomaspubliclibrary.ca/virtual-card/ or over the phone by calling 519-631-6050 and pressing 1.  You can also sign up for one when you visit the library.

You are allowed one 1 hour session per day.

Computer users must be 13 years of age or older, or accompanied by an adult.

We prefer that only one person uses a computer at a time, but you may bring one extra person from your bubble if you need their help during your session. Headphones and USBs will not be available for borrowing.

To book a microfilm computer, call us at 519-631-6050. You can book a microfilm reader for 2 hours per day.

Three computer stations against a wall in an open room with wide glass windows

Reopening: Frequently Asked Questions

 

What safety measures are in place?
To make services available safely for our staff and visitors, we have put the following safety measures in place:

  • Staff are screened prior to starting work each day and are committed to wearing masks at all times, in order to keep you and them safe. 
  • We are regularly wiping down surfaces including doors and other high-touch items.
  • All computer stations are cleaned between users.
  • Plexiglass has been installed to protect staff and patrons.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been set up around the building.
  • Masks are required to enter the building.

Do  I need to provide proof of vaccination to enter the library?
Not at this time. We continue to follow the guidelines from Southwestern Public Health and the Province with regards to proof of vaccination requirements.

Can I use the washrooms?
Yes. Washrooms will be available again on Monday, November 8.

Can I book a study room?
Study Rooms are currently unavailable. A limited number of tables and chairs are available on the main floor on a first-come-first-serve basis.