The library is closed until May 30th to help slow the transmission of the corona virus. Check out our online resources! 

Updates on the Library's Response to COVID-19

Library closed COVID 19

Updated on: March 24, 2020

Penticton Public Library Temporary Closure Announcement

Dear patrons,

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to cause havoc around the globe. We are all in this together. Therefore, after consultation with the City of Penticton, and in order to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Library Board of Trustees has decided that the Penticton Public Library will remain closed to the public until Saturday, May 30th.

The health of our staff and patrons is of upmost priority as we work to limit the spread of COVID-19. We recommend the community keeps informed on the virus by consulting reliable sources such as the BC Centre for Disease Control website or HealthLinkBC

During this temporary closure, the following library services remain available:

  • Patrons can access Penticton Public Library’s many online resources from home including eBooks and eAudio, online learning, digital newspapers and magazines, and more. Go here: While we’re away
  • The book return slot is closed and we ask that you keep your material until we reopen.
  • Penticton Public Library staff will do their best to be available to answer questions by phone (250-770-7781) from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday to Saturday. This may change without notice.
  • The Library has extended due dates to June 26th.
  • Library fines and fees will be waived during this closure.
  • Updates and any additional information will be posted on the Penticton Public Library website as well as through Facebook and Instagram. 

We appreciate the community’s understanding and patience during this difficult time as we work together to ensure the well-being of everyone in our community and help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Keep Yourself and Community Healthy

  • Stay home if you get sick and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water. This is the single most effective way of reducing infection spread.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow/tissue and turn your head away from others when coughing or sneezing.
  • Use tissues to contain secretions and dispose of them promptly in a waste container.
  • If you have just returned to the country, you MUST isolate for 14 days. Do not get groceries, do not visit your parents or friends, do not leave your home.
  • Practice social distancing. Try to keep an optimal 2 meters (six feet) away from other people.


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