Safe Operating Plan During COVID-19 – November 19, 2020

Powell River Public Library is here to share a lifetime of connection and curiosity with our community, keeping the public and our staff safe in this pandemic is critical to that vision.

As we open this public space, we have been actively modifying services and our space to ensure that we are proactive and safe.

We appreciate your patience and support.



Wearing a cloth mask or face covering is ‘mandatory in indoor public spaces’ as per the BC Centre for Disease Control and Dr. Bonnie Henry under the current Province-wide restrictions.

Monitoring and Communication

Health and safety is a constant conversation at the library. Staff, management and our Board are working together to ensure that all procedures are looked at with safety in mind.

Should you have any comments or questions about library services during this time please reach out to us at

Protocols to reduce risk:

Remote Services

Where possible patrons are encouraged to take advantage of our remote services, such as our digital collection and online tech support. All programming through the library is currently offered remotely. Program participants are able to engage with a variety of virtual meetings, tech support by phone and prerecorded offerings.

Personal Health Assessments

All staff and patrons are required to conduct self-assessments before entering the workplace, and asked to stay home if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.

People who have recently traveled outside the country, those who have experienced COVID-19 symptoms in the past ten days and anyone who has been advised by a health authority that they have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days are required to stay away from the library for everyone’s safety.

Disinfecting and Hand Hygiene

All patrons are required to sanitize their hands upon entry to the library. Hand sanitizer stations are available for this purpose.

The Library has implemented a rigorous cleaning regimen which includes enhanced disinfection and training of staff. Guidelines include disinfection of high touch areas such as shared work stations after each use. Additional measures include:

  • Increased cleaning of shared spaced throughout the library.
  • Hand washing posters providing guidance on how to practice hand hygiene are placed by all sinks.

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing is required at all times (two metres minimum) in order to achieve this, the library has implemented signage in the space, marking on the floor in the waiting areas, directional pathways through the library shelves, and limited the number of staff and patrons in the library.

The library has ensured that:

  • All staff are provided a space that enables them to follow the physical distancing requirement.
  • Staff who are able to work remotely have been encouraged to do so where possible.
  • Patrons visiting the library are guided by staff, signage and physical cues to maintain a safe distance.
  • Patrons are encouraged to wear masks, and limit the time of their visit.
  • Meeting rooms are unavailable.

Library Materials

Public access to materials is available by browsing between 10 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday, and through our holds pick-up system.

The BC Centre for Disease Control has released guidance for libraries which states that quarantine or disinfection of returned materials is not required. The library has transitioned to a 24 hour quarantine period for all returned materials.

Should you prefer to isolate you materials at home you may do so. Ask at the desk if you would like a paper bag to put your items in.

Public Computers

Public computer mice, keyboards and table areas are sanitized at least twice daily. Once by janitorial staff and daily by library staff.