Haldimand County Public Library

WELCOME BACK!

Effective Monday, August 4th, branches of the Haldimand County Public Library will be open to the public to provide most services. Branches will be open during their normal hours of operation. The Dunnville and Caledonia branches will remain closed on Sundays until further notice. Patrons may now browse the library collections and a limited number of public computer stations will be available for one-hour periods.  Workstations at which visitors can connect personal devices to the library’s wireless network have also been set up. Persons wishing to use computer or wireless stations are asked to book in advance by calling their local branch and stations will be disinfected between each use.

In accordance with Provincial mandates, heavily-handled items must be placed in quarantine.  A book touched to read its cover or inside flap description does not require quarantining.  Study rooms at the Dunnville, Jarvis and Cayuga library are again accessible, with two-person limits.  Meeting rooms are being used for material quarantining and furniture storage and are unavailable for rental at this time. Although curbside pickup will no longer be the library’s primary service delivery method, it will be made available to users upon request.

Returns can be made through the library’s overnight drop boxes, which are now open at all times, or inside at special tables located near entrances.  These special return locations replace return bins normally located at service desks. All returned items are quarantined for at least 72 hours before further processing or reuse. A grace period applies to ensure no fines accumulate while items are in quarantine.  Items are checked-in only after being in quarantine.

Patrons will notice a number of safety measures when they return to visit us: plexiglass health shields at our service desks, queue markings and various social distancing signs. Rather than placing directional floor arrows amongst our shelves, we are asking that no more than one person (or one family “pod”) browse an aisle at a time. Sanitization of high-touch surfaces will be a top priority and, where facilities allow, separate entrances and exits have been designated.

Online services and download applications remain active during this phase of re-opening and patrons are encouraged to continue reserving physical items using the library’s online catalog.

Returns

Library overnight drop boxes are now open. Materials can be returned in our exterior drop boxes at any time. Patrons using curbside pickup services can return their items in the same bin from which they take new loans. Tables with bins located near entrances are also available for returns inside the library. These special return locations replace bins previously located at service desks.

Library Programs

Re-imbursements for cancelled library programs this spring will be offered. Program re-imbursement details will be shared with registered participants via the contact information provided at the time of registration.

Throughout the summer, programming staff will be working hard to plan new, innovative programs for the rest of the year. Virtual options will be made available but consideration will also be given to small, in-person options that balance social distancing and safety requirements with everyone’s desire for something fun and engaging.

Accessing the Library’s Online Databases

Most library databases require a library membership number for logging in. If you do not currently have a library membership, we will issue you one via email.  Submit your request for a membership number by completing the quick form below and include your full name and home mailing address.  You will be provided with a number by email and a physical card will be mailed to you when our branches reopen.

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Author Suggestion Lists

Browse lists of authors whose works are available at your local branch. Choose from various genres, including Suspense, Mysteries, Inspirational and many more!

Video demo, reserving items

Watch a quick video explaining how to place holds on items through the library’s online catalog.

Link to online library catalogue

Link to My Library Account login

Link to Library Hours of Operation

Link to Library Contacts

Link to OverDrive ebooks and digital audiobooks download site

Link to Axis360 ebook download site

Link to Freegal Song Download and Streaming Service

Link to Mango Languages Learning Database

Link to Gale Online Courses

Link to RB Digital Magazine Downloads

Link to Ancestry Genealogy Site

Link to Chilton's Automotive Database

Link to Jarvis Record Archives

Link to Library Children's Programs

Link to Adult Library Programs

COMPUTER TRAINING

Staff will soon be available to offer you one-on-one lessons and instruction geared to your individual learning needs. Our tutorials are presented at a speed comfortable to you and use techniques relevant to your personal interests. From simple email lessons to demonstrations on advanced web research methods, we can help make your computing experiences more effective and rewarding.  Regular drop-in times will be available at our Dunnville and Caledonia branches and pre-arranged bookings will also be offered at all branches.

We gratefully acknowledge ServiceOntario for helping us to provide access to government services. We also acknowledge the support of the Government of Ontario which, through funds from the Capacity Building grant, enabled us to purchase ebooks, ebook readers, DAISY readers and expand our wireless access.

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