London’s Central Library to allow public computers, pick up service

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The London Public Library’s Central branch layout has been redesigned to accommodate physical distancing. (Chris dela Torre/CBC)

For the first time in months, Londoners will soon be able to use a public computer at the library.

Starting Monday, the Central branch on Dundas Street downtown will be the first in the city to offer public internet access since before the pandemic shutdown.


Users will be permitted to use a public computer for a maximum of 45 minutes each day on a first come, first serve basis. Newly added tape markings have also been added to the floor to encourage physical distancing.

Signs near the Central Library entrance directing users where to use public computers and where to pick up items on hold. (Chris dela Torre/CBC)

Pick up service 

The Central location, along with Cherryhill and Sherwood, will join ten other London branches that allow users to pick up items in person, come Monday.

Users can place holds on physical items like books and DVDs using the library’s online catalogue or phone service. Upon receiving a notification that the item is ready, it can be picked up from designated locations.

Aside from the pick up service and public computers, all library branches remain closed to public browsing. 

Pick up service hours at 13 library locations are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Public computer service at the Central branch will also be available during these same hours.

For more details, visit the London Public Library website.

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