Proof of Vaccination Not Required to Visit Public Libraries
On September 1, the Ontario Government announced that proof of vaccination will be required in select settings, and that as of September 22, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain venues. Public libraries are not included in the lists of venues in which proof of vaccination is required for entrance.
Printing Your Vaccination Receipt
CKPL is partnering with Chatham-Kent Public Health to print your vaccination receipts for free.
Visit the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination website and follow the steps to download vaccination receipts directly. If you need help, visit any CKPL branch and staff will help you download and/or print copies of vaccination receipts. Instructions are available at each CKPL branch.
Public Health will cover the cost of one print per vaccine certificate per health card (first vaccination record + second vaccination record = 2 prints per person).
Existing Safety Measures Continue to Apply
All branches are open and operating with normal hours.
Customers are welcome to browse and experience all library services. CKPL requests each patron to assess their own COVID-19 risk factors and not enter a branch if they are experiencing any symptoms. COVID-19 screening questions are posted at each branch entrance.
Face masks are mandatory at all times for all visitors over the age of 2 at all branch locations in accordance with Step 3 of the Provincial Reopening Plan, unless the Chatham-Kent Mask By-Law exemption applies to you.
Complementary masks and hand sanitizer are available at all CKPL branch locations.
No food or drink other than water is allowed in the branches. The Library Café at the Chatham Branch will operate as a take-out service only.
Please treat CKPL staff with respect and dignity as we work together to safely provide public library service to the community of Chatham-Kent. The continued health and safety of library staff and patrons is of the utmost importance.
No appointment is required to book a computer. Computer use will be on a first-come, first-serve basis for a 60 minute session. Staff reserve the right to extend computer sessions based on busyness.
One person per computer station.
Food or drink, other than water, are not allowed at computer stations.
Computer stations are physically distanced and patrons are required to wear their masks for the duration of their session.
Assistance on computers is limited due to social distancing measures.
Computer users will be provided with wipes to wipe down their own computer station before use.
Wi-Fi is available at all 11 branch locations as space is available. Patrons will be provided with wipes to wipe down their own area before use. Seating will continue to be social distanced and limited.
Limited space is available to access seating for studying, reading and wifi usage.
The Library Café, at Chatham Branch only, will be open for limited hours and take out service only.
As of June 11, 2021, library items returned to CKPL branches are no longer quarantined.
All library materials can be returned to any of CKPL's 11 branches.
Overdue fines will be charged on all materials with the exception of children's materials.
Limited in person programming begins the first week of October as space permits at the Blenheim, Chatham, Dresden, Ridgetown, Tilbury and Wallaceburg branches.
Washrooms are open. The washrooms on the second floor of the Chatham Branch are closed.
Tutoring space is available subject to space limitations and the need to physically distance.
CKPL will accept proctoring requests based on space availability and staffing levels.
Opportunities for Room Rentals are available in Blenheim, Chatham, Dresden and Wallaceburg branches. The rental of library meeting spaces requires proof of vaccination for all patrons attending the meeting or event. Occupants must also adhere to social distancing measures and wear a mask at all times.