Toronto Public Library (TPL) reopened 53 additional library branch drop boxes to accept the return of library materials, the next step in its rollout of curbside drop-off and pick-up service. Toronto residents will be able to start scheduling the pick-up of their reserved materials as of Monday, June 8.
TPL began reinstating drop box service on May 25 at 17 library branches and have now expanded it to 70 branches. Drop boxes are currently only accepting return of library books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, and audio books. Fragile and large materials such as musical instruments or Arduino kits are not being accepted at this time as they may be damaged by dropping into drop boxes. Donations are also not being accepted at this time. While residents are encouraged to return their borrowed items, it is not mandatory.
They can continue to hold on to them until branches reopen and they will not be charged fines during this period.
Library customers can continue to place holds online, through the TPL website at tpl.ca , and will be able to pick up their materials through the curbside pick-up service starting June 8. While all library branches remain closed to the public for in-branch services, many online library services continue to be available.
TPL’s curbside drop-off and pick-up service follows the reopening framework provided by the Province of Ontario, the advice of the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Toronto Medical Officer of Health, and incorporates best practices within library and retail industries for the safe delivery of curbside service. TPL has instituted new quarantining processes to ensure the safety of materials, new physical distancing policies, and shorter hours of operation. More details about TPL’s curbside drop-off and pick-up service can be found online.
TPL also announced today their June line-up of Live and Online Programs, with more than 50 live and on-demand programs for Torontonians of all ages and covering a wide variety of interests. The full line-up can be found on the TPL website .