The following represents the most up to date information regarding Brock Libraries' current operational status given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This page was last updated January 2, 2021 at 10:00am.
- All branches are closed to the public but limited service is still available through our contactless pickup service.
- The Beaverton and Cannington Branches are operating on a regular schedule. The Sunderland Branch is operating on a modified schedule.
- Services currently available at the Beaverton, Cannington, and Sunderland Branches include:
- Contactless circulation - patrons are currently restricted from entering the branch however staff will meet you at our front door to retrieve and check out materials for you. We encourage you to place holds in advance using our online catalogue or by calling the branch.
- Business services - such as printing, photocopying, and faxing is available on a limited basis, please call in advance to discuss the services you require with our staff.
- Computers and public wifi - currently unavailable due to restrictions on entering the library. Public wifi is always available outside our building.
- Washroom facilities are currently unavailable at all locations
- Meeting rooms and study spaces are currently unavailable at all locations
- Home delivery is available on a limited basis for those without access to library branches. Please contact us to request home delivery.
- We're here to help however we can. Please reach out if you need assistance, we will strive to assist you or will refer you to other services.
- Brock Libraries provides access to an extensive collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks through OverDrive and the Libby app. Need help getting started? Please contact us, our staff will be happy to assist you.
- We also have an extensive collection of other online resources which you can access 24/7.
- Don't have a Brock Libraries card but want to access these online resources? Contact us.
- Library programming is currently being delivered online only. For current programs please see our events calendar.
What you need to know before visiting
Planning a visit to one of our branches? Please be aware of the following.
- Masks or face coverings are required at all times when using our contactless pickup service. Brock Libraries are following Durham Region's requirements for mask use.
- Physical distancing is required at all times: please keep a distance of 2 metres or 6 feet from others at all times
What we're doing to keep patrons and staff safe
The health and safety of our patrons and our staff continues to be our top priority.
We are following the COVID-19 response framework provided by the Province of Ontario as well as the directives and advice issued by the Durham Region Health Department and other health authorities. We're also collaborating on and adhering to current best practices within the public library sector.
Some of the measures we have put in place include:
- All staff have appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- Regular cleaning and hand washing protocols are in place. High touch surfaces are being cleaned regularly.
- All branches have proper physical distancing protocols in place. Plexi-glass is in place in certain locations where physical distancing protocols cannot be maintained.
- Computer workstations are two metres apart to ensure physical distancing measures. Workstations are sanitized after every session.
- All returned materials are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours .
- According to provincial directives and to keep you safe, we are monitoring occupancy capacity at our branches and limiting the number of people inside.
- We are currently limiting access to the Sunderland Branch in order to ensure a clear separation between library operations and the students and staff of the Sunderland Public School.
Looking for more information about COVID-19? We recommend the following resources: