9 July 2020
For Drakenstein bookworms who have been missing the variety of books and services the municipal libraries offer, there is good news. Drakenstein Municipality will start a curb-side drive-through library service at selected libraries on Monday, 27 July 2020.
Patrons will be able to book their books online, via telephone or email, and indicate a time for collection. The library staff will pre-pack these books, and bag them for “contact-less” collection outside the library between 10:00 and 15:00 from Mondays to Fridays. Patrons will have to present their library membership cards to pick up books. This curb-side drive-through service will be available at the Paarl, Drakenstein, Wellington, Readers, Mbekweni, Groenheuwel, Saron and Gouda libraries.
Patrons can also return books and other library material, and leave these in a drop-box outside the library from Monday, 20 July 2020, onwards. The books will be left in the drop-box for 72 hours after which they will be sanitised and placed back on the shelves to be re-issued. This system will be in place until all the municipal libraries in Drakenstein reopen their doors to the public with phased-in limited services.
Alderman Conrad Poole, Executive Mayor of Drakenstein Municipality, says: “We cannot let the lockdown deprive our communities, especially our children, of the opportunity to read. There is an adventure in almost every book - something to learn, to inspire, to amaze, to enthral and to pass on to others. As a caring and responsive municipality we are working at finding innovative ways to keep serving our communities. I believe this curb-side library service is just that.”
In the meanwhile, library staff are working hard behind closed doors to ensure that all material is cleaned, and that all prescribed health and safety regulations and protocols can be followed when libraries reopen. Drakenstein Municipality is also updating all systems to ensure that patrons will not be charged any fines or penalties for returning material late.
“We appreciate our patrons’ patience while our facilities remain closed to the public, as we continue to find safe ways to provide library services to our communities,” says Executive Mayor Poole.
Library staff are also coming up with creative ways to continue to build a sense of community, such as:
• Electronic circulation services from 27 July 2020 for subject information requests, electronic assistance and arranged collection of information;
• The collection of new and renewed membership cards; and
• Virtual book reviews, booklists and links to books and other information on the Municipality’s Facebook page.
Communication and Marketing, Drakenstein Municipality