MOST Greater Knysna libraries were preparing to reopen to the public on Monday February 15, except for Sedgefield which will reopen on today (February 17) and Fairview on Monday the 22nd.
The facilities have been closed since December, when local Covid-19 infections soared and the Garden Route was declared a hotspot.
Knysna acting municipal manager Dawid Adonis said libraries offer a valuable service to communities. “We are glad that these facilities may now reopen, following the announcement that Level 3 restrictions had been amended.
The safety of staff and patrons remains of utmost importance, and all relevant Covid-19 prevention protocols are in place at all libraries. Our kerbside collection and drop-off service will also remain.”
Safety of staff and patrons remains of utmost importance and all Covid-19 protocols are in place at all libraries. Access will be restricted, based on the amount of people allowed entry relevant to the size of the facility. The wearing of masks, sanitising of hands and temperature screening are compulsory.
Knysna Municipality reserves the right to deny access to any patron with a temperature of 37.5C or higher. Returned material will be quarantined for a period of 72 hours before being handled by library staff, entered into the system or made available for loan.
“Our libraries attract and serve users from all walks of life,” said Adonis. “Parents choose their children’s first picture books; bookworms seek escape, and students and international researchers make use of special collections. We look forward to welcoming them back.”
Patrons also have the option to browse the online library catalogue at http://wc.slims.gov.za/desktop/desktopwcgeplkn/ and submit requests for specific books, or general material, via email or telephone.
Most libraries are open from Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm. The hours for Fairview are from 12 noon to 4pm.
Contact details of Greater Knysna libraries
Knysna Library: firstname.lastname@example.org / 044 302 6308 or 6390
Brackenhill Library: email@example.com / 073 598 3757
Farleigh Satellite Library: firstname.lastname@example.org / 044 302 6410
Fairview Library: email@example.com / 063 443 5280
Hornlee Library: firstname.lastname@example.org / 044 302 6496 or 6368
Karatara Library: email@example.com / 044 302 6410
Khayalethu Library: firstname.lastname@example.org / 044 302 6350 or 6577
Leisure Isle Library: email@example.com / 044 302 6311
Masifunde Library: firstname.lastname@example.org / 044 302 6310
Rheenendal Library: email@example.com / 044 302 6526
Rudolf Balie Memorial Library: firstname.lastname@example.org / 044 302 6498 or 6245
Sedgefield Library: email@example.com / 044 302 6520 or 6519
Smutsville Library: firstname.lastname@example.org / 044 302 6565