SL library deliverying books

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

The Rotary Club of Slave Lake Library now offers contactless delivery and curb-side pick up. All holds and books are renewed until July 31, so there are no late fees during this time. Books can be returned either at the time of a pick up or delivery, or in the book drop at the library.

Returned books are put into 10 days of quarantine before they are touched and put back into circulation.

Curbside delivery and pickups started May 12. It is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The goal at the beginning is to get all of the books which were on hold before COVID to readers, says regional library manager Kendra McRee. This is quite a few books, so for now people in town can’t do curb-side pickup.
Books are delivered to their doors, via contactless delivery. Pick-up is for people who live outside of Slave Lake. As the number of holds decreases, the library will move to curb-side pickup for everyone.

The first day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., each of the 15 minute time slots was booked for both curb-side and delivery.

McRee is delivering the books herself. She asks that people put any returns on the step, just before she’s supposed to arrive.

Curb-side pickup is done in the courtyard in front of the library. There is a table, line on the ground, and a doorbell. At the appointed time, library users ring the doorbell, then step behind the line. Library staff come out and put the books, DVDs etc on the table. When the library staff has gone back inside, the person can pick up their items. The staff then sanitizes the table and door bell. People should not touch the door handle.

The steps outlined on Facebook are simple.

Step one: Call (780-849-5250) or email (circulation@slavelakelibrary.ab.ca) to request the books/movie/games you would like. The staff will check them out to your account.

McRee says the reason for this is that the library system is set up to put books on hold in any library in the province, not your closest library. The library website can still be searched to find out what books are available.

However, a request placed through the website won’t be sent to the Slave Lake library.

The inter-library loan system was shut down provincially, so only the books which are physically in the Slave Lake library can be taken out at this time.
Libraries don’t reopen until Stage Two of relaunch. No time has been given by the provincial government for this stage. It will be dependent on how Stage One goes.

Step two: The staff will schedule a time for you to pick up or when the book will be delivered. This can be to your home or business, but remember not to answer the door.

“Each order will have sanitation tips to help take care of the books and yourself.”

Finished books can be returned in bags in the book drop or will be picked up upon next delivery.

Librarian Kendra McRee delivers library books from the Slave Lake Library to a staff member at The Leader on May 14.

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