Downtown Library To Open Doors For Public Computer Use

Tuesday July 21st, 2020

Posted at 9:45pm

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The downtown branch of the Windsor Public Library will open for customers wanting computer and internet access starting next Monday.  The trial period will run through Friday, July 31st, at which time a decision will be made on the feasibility and practicality of gradually opening the doors at all branches.

“Computer and internet access is a fundamental community service which was suspended with our closure in March. Not only do public libraries help people get online and develop their digital skills, a large segment of the low-income and marginalized community depend on the access. We are very pleased to be re-opening,” says WPL Board Chair, Councillor Rino Bortolin.

All public access computer stations will be separated by plexiglass dividers and social distancing between stations will be in effect – resulting in a reduced number of computers in operation. Initially, sessions will be for 45 minutes, with 15 minutes of the hour following use committed to sanitization and other appropriate health and safety procedures. Additionally, WPL will follow the provincially directed occupancy guidelines. Access to computers will be on a ‘first come first served’ basis – no appointments are necessary but customers should expect to wait, depending on computer availability.

“We are anxious to see our customers and provide the public library service our community needs,” says WPL CEO Kitty Pope. “We ask that the community be patient with us as we test how best to safely re-open our doors. Computer access is a small, but essential, first step. The health and safety of customers and staff is our primary consideration.”

Central Branch summer hours are Monday to Thursday from 9am to 8pm and Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Customers wanting to access public computers should visit through the main entrance located at the rear of the Paul Martin Building accessible by Pitt Street West.

 

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