Guidelines for Library Visits

On October 13th, Palliser Library branches will begin to enter Stage 4 of Palliser's Path to Reopening. This allows you to drop in for browsing sessions and use public access computers. Guidelines for your library visits are outlined below. For more information about starting dates at your local branch, check their Facebook page and/or contact them directly.


To keep both staff and patrons safe, library visits must fit the following criteria:

1. Please do not come to the library if you are sick.

2. The number of visitors in the library at one time will be limited based on branch space and the ability to stay socially distanced according to the current SHA guidelines.

3. We encourage quick visits of 15 minutes or less and only one family member when possible. Family members may still use multiple cards to borrow items on behalf of their other family members.

4. Please plan ahead whenever possible. Place holds online or ask the librarian to set aside some recommendations. This will help to shorten the length of your visit and minimize your contact with library materials.

5. Browsing in library stacks is allowed but please minimize your contact with library materials so staff have fewer materials to disinfect and quarantine.


Use of Public Access Computers

1. Each branch allows access to at least one public computer.

2. Each computer visit is limited to one 45 minute period per open day. 

3. Preference will be given to those with an appointment, not on a first come, first served basis.


In Person Programming

1. Programming will follow SHA guidelines of public gatherings.

2. Pre-registration is encouraged in order to limit the number of attendees.

3. For more information about programming in your area, contact your local branch.


Key questions that must be asked before being allowed into the stacks at the library:

1. Are you, or anyone in your household, experiencing any flu-like symptoms, including but not limited to:

  • severe difficulty breathing (e.g., struggling for each breath, speaking in single words)
  • temperature greater than 38°C or 100.4°F
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • sore throat
  • chills
  • headache
  • muscle or joint pain
  • severe chest pain
  • chronic health conditions that we need to be made aware of

2. Within the past 14 days, have you been exposed to someone who is under investigation for COVID-19 or has been confirmed as having COVID-19?

3. In the past 14 days have you returned from international travel, or any other “hot zone” for COVID in either Saskatchewan or another province?

4. In the past 14 days have you been exposed to someone who has recently returned from a COVID “hotspot”?

Please use the hand sanitizer provided and please follow good social distancing practices. The wearing of PPE masks may be mandatory depending on your branch. 


Thank you for your patience! Palliser has put these rules in place for the health and safety of our staff and the patrons of all our branches.