Town Centre library reopening

Library services will be available from Monday to Saturday.

Town Centre library is one of seven City of Cape Town City facilities due to resume services on Monday July 13.

Staff at Central Library, Wesfleur, Strand, Harare, Mitchell’s Plain Town Centre, Fish Hoek and Parow will introduce a drop and collect service in a manner which is safe for both patrons and staff.

Library materials from any library in the City can be dropped at these seven libraries.

A drop zone with clear demarcations will be identified at each library, and patrons will be required to adhere to the Covid-19 regulations like wearing masks and practising social distancing when dropping their library materials.

The material returned will be quarantined for 72-hours, and will thus remain on the patron’s card for this period, before it is handled by library staff and returned on the system.

In addition, patrons will be allowed to borrow 20 items at a time for 30 days. This new quota was introduced to enable library patrons to borrow more items for longer.

Patrons can check the online library catalogue at opac.capetown.gov.za for the seven libraries and submit requests for specific books or general material, via email or telephonically.

Patrons can also approach the library and request materials without prior arrangement.

The service will be available from Monday to Saturday, while a special service for senior citizens (60 years and older) and patrons who are physically challenged will be provided from 9am to 10am, from Monday to Friday.

All patrons are welcome to access the service from 10am to 4pm daily during the week; while the Saturday service provision will be from 9am until noon.

No fines will be incurred on outstanding material during this time.

The material borrowed for 30 days can be renewed online for an additional 30 days via the library catalogue (opac.capetown.gov.za) or by calling one of the seven libraries that will be operational.

For more information call Town Centre library on 021 417 0670/ 5, email
Mitchellsplain.Library@capetown.gov.za or visit them in Symphony Way next week.