CKPL Welcomes You Back! We Have Missed You!

Welcome back! CKPL is excited to begin to offer limited service inside some library branches with additional health and safety measures in place. Your visit may look a little different but, as always, staff are available to help!

Dresden/Thamesville Hub’s Branch Head, Tam Malic, says, “It’s wonderful seeing all the smiling faces after our extended closure. We’re really excited to be able to help patrons get a bag of books together, add new holds or even just answer questions on the phone. Call us!”

Curbside Service continues so that residents can choose the way they want to access library services:

  • Tuesdays from 4:00 to 8:00 pm Dresden Branch offers Curbside Service
  • Wednesdays from 4:00 to 8:00 pm Thamesville Branch offers Curbside Service
  • Fridays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm Dresden Branch offers Curbside Service
  • Saturdays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Thamesville Branch offers Curbside Service

For additions or changes to Curbside Service or Open Hours offerings, please watch or follow CKPL on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for the latest news! 

Thamesville Branch has opened its doors and is currently offering open hours to allow patrons to pick up holds, browse collections and to book computers:

Thursdays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm Thamesville Branch is open

Open Hours

The following services will be available during open hours and quick visits of 30 minutes or less are encouraged:

  • Picking up holds
  • Browsing and borrowing items (where available, please use Express Checkout machines)
  • Using computers (1 session of up to 45 minutes per day, must be booked in advance by calling 519.354.2940). Public computers have been reduced to accommodate social distancing and staff are not able to provide technical assistance at this time.
  • Photocopying and printing. Exact change is required to pay for printing and photocopying.
  • Virtual Library is always available: Visit us at
  • Can’t make it in? Call us at  519.692.4251, email or text 519.401.7174

The following services are NOT available:

  • In-person events and programs
  • Children’s Early Literacy Stations and Stay & Play activities
  • Room rentals
  • Proctoring
  • Book donations
  • Seating areas and study tables
  • Washrooms
  • Water fountains
  • Newspapers, microfilm and microfilm machines
  • Interlibrary loans

There is a limit to the number of people allowed in each branch at one time.

All library items are to be returned through book returns. Please no inside returns.

CKPL encourages all patrons to:

  • Take the COVID-19 self-assessment test. If you have symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay at home and do not visit the library. We will be happy to help you by phone, email or chat!
  • Return all items to book returns. Please no inside returns.
  • Wear a face mask in accordance with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent by-law.
  • Sanitize hands before entering the library, after handling materials or equipment, and before leaving the library. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the library.
  • Keep 2 metres apart from staff and other visitors at all times.
  • Please keep your distance when browsing shelves. One person at a time between or at shelves.
  • Please be mindful of what you touch as you look for items on the shelves. Place touched items in designated areas for quarantining if you do not check them out.
  • Keep your children close to prevent accidently breaking social distancing rules.
  • Limit your visit to 30 minutes or less to ensure that other people can access library services.


Media Contact:
Tam Malic
Branch Head, Dresden/Thamesville
Chatham-Kent Public Library
Dresden Branch 519.683.4922
Thamesville Branch- 519-692-4251