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Update: White Oaks Branch closed until Tuesday, August 18

Due to roof repairs, White Oaks Branch will be closed from July 28 – August 17 (inclusive). The branch is expected to re-open on Tuesday, August 18 at 10:00am, as long as construction has concluded. It was hoped that White Oaks Branch could remain open during construction, however, out of concern for the health, safety and comfort of customers and staff, the decision was made to close. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Holds currently on shelves at White Oaks
Holds that are currently sitting on shelves at White Oaks will be transferred to Iroquois Ridge Branch and housed on temporary shelves in the Training Lab (computer room). Customers will be notified via e-mail or phone of the situation and invited to pick up their holds at Iroquois Ridge beginning Friday, July 31. During the closure, expired holds fees will be waived for customers who selected White Oaks Branch as a pickup location. Customers’ BiblioCommons accounts will reflect these exemptions.

Unfilled/outstanding holds with White Oaks as pickup location
As holds become available for White Oaks Customers they will be notified by e-mail or phone of the branch closure and situation. Customers may choose to select a new pickup location through BiblioCommons or suspend their hold until the branch re-opens. Customers will not lose their place in line if they suspend their hold. Customers’ BiblioCommons accounts will reflect these exemptions.

Library materials housed at White Oaks
Items that are listed as ‘available’ and ‘on the shelf’ at White Oaks Branch will not be available to customers until the branch re-opens. Customers may place holds on these material housed at White Oaks but will not receive them until after the branch has re-opened.

Book drop
The book drop will remain open throughout the closure. Items returned through the book drop will be counted as returned and fines will not be incurred by customers.

Extended due dates
Any item that is currently out, that was checked out from White Oaks Branch will have its due date extended until Tuesday, August 18. Customers impacted directly by the White Oaks closure will have any fines waived accordingly.

Summer Storytimes at White Oaks
Customers are encouraged to visit other library branches for storytimes during the closure period. A full list of summer storytime dates can be found here.

Other programs and activities
Buggy Business has been cancelled. Our Little Maker program has been relocated to Iroquois Ridge Branch. Participants who are unable to attend at Iroquois Ridge may request a refund. Customers will be notified of all options by a staff member; enquiries should be directed to Eric Sillius at 905-815-2036.

TD Summer Reading Club registration, drop-in programs and prize pickup
Customers may still register their children online or by visiting any other OPL branch. Similarly, participants may report reading goals and collect prizes at all other locations. Participants may pick up final prizes from August 18-20 once White Oaks Branch re-opens. Drop-in activities at White Oaks Branch have been cancelled, but alternatives are being offered at other branches. The schedule below indicates White Oaks drop-in activity closures and alternatives:

1. ‘Gigantix’ drop-in on Fri, July 31 / 10:00 – 11:00am has been cancelled.
Alternative drop-in locations: Thurs, August 6 / 10:00 – 11:00am (Central Branch) OR Fri, August 7 / 10:00 – 11:00am (Iroquois Ridge Branch)

2. ‘Free Wii @ the Librawii’ drop-in on Tues, August 11 / 10:00am – 12:00pm has been cancelled.
Alternative drop-in location: Tues, August 11 / 10:00am – 12:00pm (Glen Abbey Branch)

3. ‘Gigantix’ drop-in on Fri, August 14 / 10:00 – 11:00am has been cancelled.
Alternative drop-in location: Wed, August 19 / 10:00 – 11:00am (Glen Abbey Branch)

4. ‘Garage Band Academy’ drop-in on Mon, August 17 / 10:00 – 11:00am has been cancelled.
Alternative drop-in location: Mon, August 17 / 10:00 – 11:30am (Woodside Branch)

$1 fee applied to holds not picked up effective January 5, 2015

As of January 5, 2015, a $1 fee will apply to items that are not picked up within the allotted 4-day pickup window. The fee is being implemented to provide more opportunities for cardholders to access library materials. Holds that aren’t picked up are a lost opportunity – time spent sitting on the shelf and in transit from branch to branch means that they aren’t being enjoyed by anyone.

There are many ways to manage your holds and avoid the accumulation of expired hold fees. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document below should provide insight and answer any questions you may have. Should your enquiry not be addressed in the FAQ document, please feel free to e-mail us at oplreference@oakville.ca or call your local branch. We are always happy to assist.

Holds Not Picked Up Fee — FAQ Document

Downtown Oakville gets new credit card machines in lots and extended on-street parking times

Visitors to Central Branch who park in Lot #10 now have the ability to pay-by-plate and park for 3 hours at a time. Please see the Town of Oakville’s memorandum below regarding the changes or visit www.oakville.ca for more information. If you have comments, questions or would like to provide feedback regarding pay-by-plate parking, please contact Parking Operations – Engineering and Construction at the Town of Oakville via (905) 338-4394.

Starting September 9, 2014, two changes to parking in downtown Oakville will make it more convenient and efficient for anyone shopping, dining or visiting the area.

“These parking upgrades are just the start of facilitating even easier and more convenient access to all of the worthwhile experiences downtown Oakville has to offer,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Earlier this year, Council and I asked residents and businesses for their input on improving parking in downtown Oakville. We listened and we’re making changes.”

The first change includes replacing all existing pay and display machines in downtown municipal lots (including Kerr Village), with more convenient and efficient pay-by-plate machines that accept credit cards. You no longer need to display a ticket on the dashboard of your car, simply enter your licence plate, pay and go.

“Pay-by-plate machines are very convenient,” said Dan Cozzi, director of Engineering and Construction for the town. “For right now, these new machines will only be in the municipal lots, but in the spring, we will be converting all on-street machines to these pay-by-plate as well.”

Cozzi added that you just need to make sure you know your licence plate number to use the machine. His trick is to take a photo of your plate with your smart phone.

The second change extends the on-street parking time to three hours from its current two-hour limit starting September 9. All on-street parking spaces, including metered spaces, will be updated by the end of September. The extended three-hour parking will allow visitors to stay a little longer. All machines on the streets and in the lots will accept credit cards and coins. The cost to park on the street in downtown Oakville is now $2 per hour except along Water Street which remains at $1 per hour, and parking lots remain at $1.50 an hour.

In early 2015 the town will be making additional parking changes downtown that include improving parking and directional signage to make it easier to find parking locations, and introducing 20-minute quick stop parking spaces throughout downtown.

A detailed map of on-street parking areas, municipal lots and information on how to use the new pay-by-plate machines are available on the Municipal Parking Lots and Garages page.

IMPORTANT: Cancellation of pre-overdue e-mail notices from BiblioCommons

Regrettably, as of December 31, 2013, the provider of these e-mail notifications, BiblioCommons, will be discontinuing the service as they work towards developing a broader, more reliable notification system. As a result it will no longer be available to Oakville Public Library customers.

We are looking for other reliable options to provide this reminder service as we know that it is valuable to you.

In the interim, there are many ways to manage your library account and keep track of when your books are due.    

· Date due slips will continue to be printed when you check out materials that indicate when items are due back.

· Call (905) 815-5996 to renew items or check due dates via our automated telephone renewal line.

· Ask a staff member to check your account for you the next time you stop in or call any Oakville Public Library branch.

· You can check due dates, place holds, create reading lists and review checked out items right from your mobile device using our OPL to Go mobile app. It is available for iPhone and Android devices.

· Another alternative is to log in to our website at www.opl.ca.  From there you can also review your account, check due dates, manage your holds and see what is new at OPL from your computer or tablet.
 
We do apologize for any inconvenience this discontinuance may cause and hope you will explore our digital account management platforms going forward.

Should you have any questions whatsoever, please don’t hesitate to contact: Emily Burns, Acting Manager, Branch Support at (905) 815-2042 ext. 5141

SMS notification method now available

On September 30, 2013, Oakville Public Library introduced a new notification method for your holds and overdue items. Besides the already existent email, phone and print notification methods,  it is now possible to receive text message notifications on your cellular device. The service is free of charge. If you wish to switch to SMS notifications, please ask for this service at the circulation desk of your branch the next time you visit and make sure you provide your cell phone number.

Please note: Only one notification method per library account is possible at this time. Example: If you switch to the SMS notification method you will no longer receive e-mail notices.

New Enviro-packs added – fun-filled environmental awareness kits!

In April 2013, Enviro-packs were added to our Bookpack collections at all 6 Oakville Public Library branches. In partnership with the Town of Oakville Environmental Policy Department, these packs were created to provide kids with fun, easy to use activities and information on local wildlife, recycling, wise energy use and climate change. Much of the material contained in the colorful, whimsical back packs is produced by the Town of Oakville and the Region of Halton. These kits provide resources and activities for kids to learn about Oakville’s environment and share ideas about how to support the earth we live on. Puppets, activity sheets, books and other surprises are contained within; they are suitable for kids, families and educators.

To borrow one of these great learning kits, check one out at your local branch! Ask a staff member or check their availability by searching our catalogue for “Enviro-packs”.

Cessation of Interlibrary Loan Service from Library and Archives Canada

Important Update

Due to budget cuts, Library and Archives Canada has informed all public libraries that they will stop their Interlibrary Loan service effective December 11, 2012.

This means that Oakville Public Library will no longer be able to acquire any material on Interlibrary Loan from this institution. Library and Archives Canada is working to digitize its content so users can have access electronically. Oakville Public Library will do its best to locate material previously held at Library and Archives Canada from alternative sources. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information please visit the Library and Archives Canada website.

PRESTO! Cards Available @ Select Branches

Iroquois Ridge, Woodside, Glen Abbey and Central branches, in co-operation with Oakville Transit, are offering easy access to the PRESTO electronic fare system. The PRESTO system eliminates the need for coins, tickets and transfers.

PRESTO cards can now be purchased for $6 from a Circulation Desk at the Iroquois Ridge, Woodside, Glen Abbey or Central library branch. Library staff are able to pre-load and re-load fare dollars onto PRESTO cards at any time during library hours.

PRESTO makes it easier to pay your fare while traveling within and between transit systems by the simple tap of a card.

For more information on the PRESTO electronic fare system, please visit the Oakville Transit website.

Update (September 22, 2014): Monthly passes are now available on PRESTO! Oakville Transit’s monthly passes for adults, seniors and students can now be loaded onto a PRESTO card! Student and senior cards need be programmed in person at a library branch listed above or another authorized agent in Oakville to be eligible for discounted fares. Once programmed, PRESTO cards can be reloaded online at prestocard.ca. For more information on the PRESTO electronic fare system, please visit the Oakville Transit website or prestocard.ca.
 


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