As of July 7, 2020: All branches are open for contactless Library Takeout and library returns during limited hours of operation. OPL Express locations remain closed. Details

OPL’s Path to Reopening

Last updated: July 31, 2020

As of August 13, Oakville Public Library (OPL) will move into Stage 3 and reopen its doors to welcome customers back into the branch, for adjusted services.

Five of our 7 branches will resume services: Central, Glen Abbey, Iroquois Ridge, Sixteen Mile and Woodside. Clearview and White Oaks branches remain closed until further notice, but will still offer Library Takeout for contactless pickups and returns.

We thank our customers and the Oakville community for their patience and support as we gradually reopen more services, and work diligently to get thousands of holds off our shelves and into your hands.

Reopening for Stage 3
August 2020 and Onwards

*includes upgrading digital access only library cards to full-service library cards

New Opening Hours

*Effective August 13

Central, Glen Abbey, Iroquois Ridge and Woodside

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11:30 am to 7 pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 9:30 am to 5 pm

Sixteen Mile

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11:30 am to 7 pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 9:30 am to 5 pm

Clearview and White Oaks branches remain closed until further notice, but will still offer Library Takeout for contactless pickups and returns.

View our branches information page for hours of operation.

Library Returns:

*Effective August 13

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11 am to 7 pm
  • Fridays and Saturdays: 9 am to 5 pm

Not Available

  • In-person programs
  • Room rentals
  • Group gatherings within branch
  • Access to in-branch children’s toys (Tinker toys, board games, etc.)

How We’re Keeping Our Community Safe

  • Signage is posted both inside and outside library branches outlining physical distancing guidelines. Everyone must maintain a minimum of six (6) feet apart.
  • We have a passive health screening in place for all OPL staff and customers before they enter library branches.
  • Limiting the number of customers in the branch at any given time, to ensure physical distancing health and safety guidelines are maintained.
  • There are multiple sanitization stations available for all customers throughout each branch. Customers are encouraged to clean their hands at the beginning and end of their visit.
  • Implement the regional mandatory mask policy for everyone accessing public spaces of the library.
  • Two (2) person limit when browsing library materials at shelves (physical distance guidelines apply).
  • Quarantining of all returned materials prior to circulating, as per public health guidelines regarding safe handling of all materials.
  • Signage posted in-branch for where browsed items need to be returned for quarantining process.
  • Computer keyboards, computer mice and all other technical equipment, plus all workstations (tables and chairs) will be wiped down after each session.
  • The number of customers entering the branch at one time will be limited to ensure sufficient and responsible physical distancing can be maintained.
  • No cash change will be provided by OPL staff for payment, to ensure minimal contact between staff and customers.
  • Additional staff will greet and direct customers entering the branch, as well as dedicated cleaning staff consistently sanitizing throughout the day.

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