Updates on Burnaby Public Library’s Response to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Effective Wednesday, March 18, all library branches are closed until further notice, along with other City of Burnaby facilities.

On matters of public health, municipalities, including Burnaby, are guided by the direction of local, provincial and federal health authorities. 

The decision to close facilities is guided by information from these authorities about the need for social distancing, and responds to the challenge of maintaining effective social distance at facilities where large numbers of people gather.

Check this page for library updates, and visit City of Burnaby for updates on other city services.

Library updates | Using the library from home | What you can do | COVID-19 resources

Library updates: March 20

Effective March 20, until further notice:

  • Book drops are closed at all branches. All late fees are waived and due dates extended during the closure. 

Effective March 18, until further notice:

  • All branches are closed along with other City of Burnaby facilities

  • All programs and events are cancelled.

  • Limited phone and email service is available Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.

To support social distancing, we are asking borrowers to keep library materials until the library reopens. There is no need to return material during the closure:

  • Late fees will be waived on all borrowed material.

  • Due dates will be extended to April 30 and adjusted if necessary. Nothing will be due during our closure.

  • Current holds will be extended and available for pickup at your local branch when the library reopens.

Using the library from home

We offer online resources, including e-books and audiobooks that can be accessed from home. Log in using your library card number and PIN.

You can also manage your account online or contact us for help with your account or with any information assistance. 

What you can do

The most effective way to protect yourself and your family is to follow a few simple recommendations from public health officials:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water;
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing;
  • Avoid touching your face;
  • Avoid others who are unwell; and
  • Stay home when you are sick.

The symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and common cold. They include cough, sneezing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing.

Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1 (HealthLinkBC).

COVID-19 resources

Information during a pandemic can change quickly. Get the latest updates from public health authorities: