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PRESS RELEASE
March 16, 2020
 

Wapiti Regional Library to Close All Branch Libraries to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19 Virus                  

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, March 16, 2020: 

Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, all Wapiti Regional Library branch libraries will be closed until further notice.

“Concern for the health and safety of Wapiti library users and communities across the Wapiti region is always our first priority,” said Regional Director and CEO Tony Murphy, adding that “in an effort to work in tandem with our Provincial Government to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Wapiti will follow the province’s lead by closing all Wapiti branch libraries at the same time as Saskatchewan’s schools, on Friday, March 20, 2020.”

Wapiti previously suspended all programs and library events on March 16, 2020, in order to better protect the region’s more vulnerable library users.

Due dates for physical materials will be extended, and fines on library materials will be waived retroactively from March 13, 2020. Wapiti encourages library patrons to hold onto borrowed material from Friday March 20 until we reopen.

Wapiti will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it unfolds, and will communicate and provide updates via Wapiti’s website and social media.

Just a reminder that Wapiti’s digital services will remain available, including eBooks and audiobooks, streaming services, and other e-resources. Visit our website at www.wapitilibrary.ca.    

For more information, contact:
Tony Murphy, Regional Director/CEO, Wapiti Regional Library
Phone: 306-764-0712; Email: wapiti@wapitilibrary.ca
Web: www.wapitilibrary.ca

 

PRESS RELEASE
March 16, 2020
 

Saskatchewan Libraries Suspend Holds to Help Prevent Spread of COVID-19 Virus

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, March 16, 2020: 

Caring for the health and well-being of staff and library patrons is very important to Saskatchewan libraries.  Therefore, in order to assist with efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, libraries have suspended the service that allows patrons to request materials from other library systems.  The holds suspension will remain in effect until April 14, at which time libraries will reassess the situation and decide whether it is appropriate to resume this service.

Libraries across the province are waiving late fines during this period, and Wapiti library patrons will not be charged for items due between March 13 and April 14.  Wapiti’s branch libraries will be closed on Friday, March 20, 2020, and we encourage our patrons to hold onto their library materials until we reopen.

A variety of online services, including the province-wide Library2go collection of e-books and e-audiobooks, are available to patrons.  Visit Wapiti’s website at www.wapitilibrary.ca for details of library services you can access from home.

For more information, contact:

Tony Murphy, Regional Director/CEO, Wapiti Regional Library
Phone: 306-764-0712; Email: wapiti@wapitilibrary.ca
Web: www.wapitilibrary.ca