Ashcroft Library patrons can expect a new and improved library this summer, as the branch will be closed from May 22 to mid-July for renovations!
The Cache Creek Library will have extended opening hours during the closure, starting May 31. The new, temporary hours will be:
Tuesday 10:00 – 3:00
Wednesday 1:00 – 6:00
Thursday 1:00 – 7:00
Friday 12:00 – 6:00
Saturday 10:00 – 3:00
Patrons can re-route their holds to Cache Creek during the closure, or freeze them to delay receiving them.
While we are busy with renovations, a temporary drop-box will be available outside for people to return materials during the closure. Items can also be returned to the Cache Creek library, where staff will be happy to assist with any library requests.
When the library reopens, patrons can expect to see increased seating, new computers and a new and larger children’s area, which is being relocated to the back wall of the library.
Possibly the biggest change at the library is a service-extender pilot project which will dramatically increase public access to the library. This exciting change will allow patrons to visit the library outside of regularly scheduled hours. Patrons will sign a user agreement; then, by using their library card and a PIN, they will be able to access the Ashcroft branch during all the hours that the Kamloops branches are open. This will effectively double the number of hours the Ashcroft library is open (from 26 hours to 52 hours).
Patrons will be able to use all parts of the library including study space, group meeting space, computers, and photocopies, and will be able to access material that’s being held for them.
There will also be self-check machine, so people can check out holds and other library materials independently. A security system will be in place, and people will be made aware when the library is closing.
For more information, check out this article by the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal.