It’s not quite take-out, but it’s close. Slocan Valley residents can now request books, DVDs, audiobooks and CDs from the library stacks and have them delivered just a little closer to home.
Public consultations leading to the development of a new five-year plan told the Nelson library that distances can be an issue for some residents. The Slocan Valley library delivery service hopes to address that by delivering pre-ordered library materials to the Heritage Credit Union (Slocan Valley branch) for pickup.
Library members with a wish-list in mind are asked to peruse the online catalogue, then place holds on materials that are in the library and reserves on items currently checked out. When the requested items are available, patrons will be notified.
At that point, a patron simply has to request delivery. For those who prefer the telephone, the library is happy to oblige.
Each Thursday, requested materials are sent to the Heritage Credit Union in sealed, confidential pouches. Picture ID and library card must be shown at the time of pick-up. Books checked out through the Slocan Valley library delivery service have an extended loan period, allowing extra time for return.
A secure book drop located outside the Heritage Credit Union accepts returns, which will be picked up on Wednesdays.
Says chief librarian June Stockdale: “We’re grateful to the Heritage Credit Union for their enthusiasm in partnering with us, and we’re delighted to be offering this service. Regardless of weather, distance, and road conditions, for Slocan Valley patrons, access to library materials just got a whole lot easier.”
The Heritage Credit Union is located at 3014 Highway 6 in Slocan Park. For more information contact the library at 250-352-6333 or go to nelsonlibrary.ca.