FREDERICTON (GNB) – As the province moves through its recovery plan, the New Brunswick Public Library Service is preparing for the safe reopening of its 64 libraries.

“Staff are excited to get back to work this week and get their libraries ready,” said Ella Nason, director of operations. “We want to make sure they are well-prepared to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

Libraries will begin opening in the coming weeks, but each must have standards in place to protect staff and patrons. Initially, services will be limited to returning and picking up books, CDs, and DVDs.

“People will only be able to stay in the library for a short period of time, to pick an item and check it out,” said Nason. “We are starting with circulation and will expand services to include programming, reference services and computer services as soon as it is possible to do so safely.”

The system’s online services will continue. To find out when a library will be opening, visit the New Brunswick Public Library Service website or the Facebook page of a specific library.