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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Surrey Libraries branches are opening for limited access starting Wednesday, September 9.  

We look forward to welcoming you back to our buildings, but things will be a bit different. To follow provincial health and WorkSafeBC guidelines, we have many new safety measures to protect our patrons and staff:

  • If you feel unwell, do not enter the branch
  • Anyone displaying symptoms of illness will not be allowed into the branch
  • We encourage you to wear a mask
  • We encourage you to keep your visit short, up to a maximum of one hour
  • Branches will have occupancy limits and not all services will be available

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we face this pandemic together.

Opening Hours starting Wednesday, September 9

All branches, except Port Kells, are open with new modified hours. The Port Kells branch is open for holds pick-up and returns. Due to its small size, it isn't open for browsing yet. You can find all branches new hours on our locations page.



  • Holds pick-up  
  • Limited browsing of shelves to self-select material  
  • Computer access (45-minute time limit) 
  • Wi-Fi (45-minute time limit) 
  • Printing and photocopying 
  • Self-checkout stations  
  • Patron assistance and technology help (some limits apply) 
  • Washroom access  
  • Book returns (during branch open hours)
  • If you do not wish to enter the library and would still like to borrow material, please call your local branch to discuss your options. 

Not Available 

  • Group and silent study rooms  
  • Reading or study spaces and seating 
  • In-branch programs  
  • In-branch use of magazines and newspapers  
  • Scanning 
  • Renting meeting rooms  
  • Curiosity Corner (Children’s iPad Stations)  
  • Toys and games  
  • Book sales  
  • Accepting materials donations  

Safety Measures 

What we’re doing 

  • Limiting the number of patrons in each library branch to aid physical distancing 
  • Hand sanitizer available for use 
  • Directional arrows on the floor 
  • Plexiglass dividers at service counters 
  • Increased cleaning of high-touch areas 
  • Quarantining returns for 72 hours 
  • Training Library staff in safety measures  

What you can do

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick or are required to self-isolate 
  • Consider wearing a mask 
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before entering the building 
  • Practise physical distancing throughout the library 
  • Follow all signs 
  • Limit your time in the library (up to an hour) to allow others a chance to use the library 
  • Always remain with your children when in the library  

If you have any questions, please contact us

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