Wapiti Restores Full Library Services on July 12th, 2021
July 5, 2021

On June 20th, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that they would be implementing “Step 3” of the “Re-Opening Roadmap” on July 11th, and that all restrictions will be lifted. Wapiti Regional Library has followed the Saskatchewan Government’s lead on COVID-19-based health and safety protocols and guidelines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and will continue to do so with Step 3 of the “Re-Opening Roadmap.”

On July 12th, Wapiti will implement a full restoration of library services across the regional library system. Service restrictions, including Curbside, Appointment Only, and Capped Attendance, will be lifted, with all Wapiti branch libraries returning to full access and service within the province’s guidelines.

While masks will no longer be required in “Step 3,” masks will remain an option for Wapiti staff and patrons, as will shielding and other workplace fixtures in Wapiti’s branch libraries. In similar fashion, although physical distancing will no longer be required by the province, some Wapiti branch libraries will continue distancing measures where deemed appropriate; for example, with the use of public access computers, and with some programs. Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of washrooms and commonly touched areas will also continue at Wapiti branch libraries.

Along with the restoration of library services to pre-COVID levels, on July 12th, Wapiti will also be re-instituting pre-COVID late fees on materials, and will be returning to pre-COVID due dates and billing dates for late materials.

Wapiti Libraries Are Open. It's Time To Return Your Items
September 4, 2020

In March 2020, when public libraries closed province-wide due to COVID-19, patrons were asked to keep items they had checked out rather than return them then. Now all of Wapiti Regional Library's 44 branches are open and it is time to return those materials.

If you have received a bill for overdue items, don't panic. The items can be returned to your nearest Wapiti Regional Library branch. Returning the items will help clear charges off of your account.

Wapiti's libraries are open according to a three-tier system. The largest libraries are open during regular hours with a cap on how many patrons can be inside the library at one time. Medium-sized libraries are on a "by appointment" basis, allowing single patrons inside the library for 15 minutes to browse and check out material. The smallest branches, the size of which make social distancing virtually impossible, offer curbside pickup service.

Please contact your nearest Wapiti branch library for its current open hours, and what service level they are currently offering. Or check out our online Branch Directory.


Wapiti Reopening Libraries on July 13, 2020
June 30, 2020

In the wake of the Provincial Government's announcement on June 23 that libraries could reopen on June 29 as part of Phase 4.2 of the province's "Re-Open Saskatchewan" plan, Wapiti has been working to incorporate the government's guidelines and protocols into the opportunities and limitations of each of our 44 branch libraries. In keeping with our ongoing efforts to ensure the health and safety of not only our library users, but of our staff as well, Wapiti is pleased and excited to announce that our libraries will re-open on July 13, 2020.

Wapiti will be re-opening its branch libraries on July 13 in a three-tiered approach:

  • Wapiti's largest libraries will be open regular hours to the public with a cap on how many patrons can be inside the library at one time. This capacity limit will help library staff manage the social distancing protocols that have become so much a way of life during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Wapiti's medium-sized libraries will reopen on a "by appointment" basis, allowing single patrons into the library for 15 minute visits to browse and check out material
  • Wapiti's smallest branches, the size of which makes social distancing virtually impossible, will offer curbside service until such time that social distancing protocols have relaxed

As we re-open our branch libraries, patrons will be asked to follow strict protocols and regulations to ensure that health and safety guidelines are being followed.

Please contact your local library to determine what service will be provided or visit our Branch Directory webpage.

Overdue fines will continue to be waived for the time being. However, we encourage you to return checked out  materials to your nearest Wapiti branch library.


June 5, 2020

Wapiti Regional Library to Offer Curbside Pickup Services at Select Branches

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, Wapiti Regional Library closed their branch libraries to the public on March 20, 2020. The region has continued to offer patrons access to educational and entertainment resources through their online content since then. While public libraries are slated to reopen more fully in Phase 4 of the Saskatchewan Government's "Re-Open Saskatchewan: A Plan to Re-open the Provincial Economy," Wapiti is please to announce that we will be able to offer access to physical materials again through Curbside Pickup Service. Wapiti will be starting curbside pickup services at seven of our branches on June 15, 2020.

Curbside Pickup will be offered at Wapiti's Hudson Bay, Humboldt, Melfort, Nipawin, Shellbrook, Spiritwood, and Tisdale branch locations. The service will allow patrons to place hold requests, and check out items owned by their nearest Curbside Pickup location.

Here's how to use the service:

  • Place a hold on items owned by a curbside pickup location
  • The library will notify you when your items are ready
  • Schedule a pickup time
  • Follow on-site pickup instructions
  • Pick up your items from the designated pickup table
  • Enjoy items for 4 weeks

"We've had supportive feedback from many patrons, who have expressed how much they have missed having access to library materials, as well as how much they are looking forward to the eventual reopening of our libraries,' says Community Services Librarian, Lindsay Baker. Baker continues, saying that "Despite the closure of branches, Wapiti has not stopped working behind the scenes, which means that there will be new material available at our Curbside Pickup locations. While Wapiti plans and prepares for the Phase 4 re-opening of public libraries, we think it's fantastic that we can provide some limited services to our patrons earlier via Curbside Pickup, while still following the province's guidelines and protocols."

For full details on Wapiti's Curbside pickup, click here.


Labor Market Services at Wapiti Regional Libraries
April 24, 2020

The Melfort and Nipawin Public Libraries host Saskatchewan Labour Market Services to assist job seekers with information on career and job opportunities. During COVID-19 library closures, clients may contact Labour Market Services directly via email at or by calling 306-953-2488.


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    

For more information, contact:
Tony Murphy, Regional Director/CEO, Wapiti Regional Library
Phone: 306-764-0712; Email:


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 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: