Staff with the Dryden Public Library are celebrating the news that they’ll be receiving new shelving, but the library will close for two weeks while the renovations are taking place.

The library will be closed between November 2 and November 13 to remove the old shelving and to install the new shelves. During that time, staff will be extending all due dates and waiving any overdue fines.

“We would like to thank everyone who helped make this project happen, including the City of Dryden, Ontario Rotary Club of Dryden, The Friends of the Library, Theatre 17, the late Marj Vermeer (one of our biggest advocates and fundraisers), our past and current Library Board members, and each of our individual donors! Thank you!,” wrote DPL staff, after hearing of the news.

Staff have been advocating for new shelves for years in the library, dating back to the city’s 2019 capital budget, before the project was pushed back to 2020.

Once the work is complete and the library reopens, they are operating on limited hours during the pandemic.

- Tuesdays – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Wednesdays – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Thursdays – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The library is also currently operating under a number of COVID-19 safety measures. They include a max capacity of 10 visitors at any given time, with social distancing in effect. Only two computers are available, and curbside pick-ups have moved to the side entrance on Princess Street.