CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary Public Library locations will remain closed for the time being but it’s implementing new measures to help support the community during the pandemic.
Starting July 1, the Library will be moving to a Fine Free model meaning no fines will be given out to anyone and all existing fines will be taken care of.
We know Calgarians are going through a challenging time right now, and we want to help. So we're making a change. As of July 1, we're going fine free: https://t.co/rIWNnWI84G #yyc #CalgaryLibrary #FineFree pic.twitter.com/mwpmjZCrnP
— Calgary Public Library (@calgarylibrary) May 13, 2020
“I would like to applaud Calgary Public Library for taking this bold step to help Calgarians during a time when the cost of a library fine could determine if you can get the services and resources you need,” said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
“Removing barriers and ensuring that all Calgarians, especially children, are not held back from benefiting from the Library is the right thing to do.”
Calgary Library locations closed on March 16, and since then they have increased their online services and programs.
The Library continues to provide computer access to children and families in urgent need, loaning out more than 300 Chromebooks through social agencies.
All library programs, events, and room bookings are cancelled until August 31.