September 1, 2020
A gradual, safe re-opening of libraries at Camosun College
Sybil Harrison, Director of Learning Services
On-site library services at Camosun, including in-person pick up of requested library materials and textbook reserves, will be ramping up in the coming weeks. Current on-site services are limited to the pick-up of laptops and ID cards on an appointment basis but that’s about to change.
A virtual library at Camosun has remained fully open throughout the pandemic, providing the same high-quality services students enjoyed in person. The library was quick to adapt and innovate. We launched new services to fill some of the gaps through a books-by-mail services, laptop loans for students in need and an expansion of our digital content.
Starting Sept. 15, the plan is for the library on the Lansdowne campus to open five days a week, Monday through Friday, for seven hours daily. In addition to the take-away service for request materials, students will also be able to pre-book one of 12 computer stations or one of eight study tables. The physical layout of the library building on Lansdowne made it easier for a safer set up.
The following week, we hope to offer take-out services only to students from the library in the Liz Ashton Campus Centre building at the Interurban campus. Likely, this will be offered for four hours a day, Monday through Friday.
As our plans firm up, we will be sure to provide additional details on the opening hours and new processes. The goal is to provide more in-person services while ensuring the health of students, employees and community.
When you come on campus, please be safe. Maintain physical distancing, follow signage and marking, wash your hands regularly and stay home if you are sick.
As always, we will continue to guide students to accurate and relevant information resources. It’s all about caring.
COVID-19 Safety Plan
The most current copy of the college’s COVID-19 Safety Plan is available here.
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- World Health Organization
- Travel & Tourism Canada
- COVID-19 Stigma Guide
- Ministry of Health BC COVID-19 symptom self-assessment tool
- How COVID-19 is affecting IRCC
- For non-health related COVID-19 questions (e.g. supports, programs, etc):