Library operations update

September, 2022

Following Ontario public health authority advice, all Covid-19 health restrictions are lifted. We remain committed to providing a safe environment for staff, visitors, and members so we follow best practices for staying home when unwell and frequently clean work and public areas.

We support all individual decisions to wear a mask, particularly in flu season. Curbside service is still an option for those who prefer not to come into the branch. Computer access, printing and laminating services are all available – no need to book ahead. We are also ready to assist you by phone or email with vaccination bookings or QR code receipt printing. Free wi-fi is always available in the branch and outside the buildings.

Printing is available with flexible payment options. Our main branch in Elgin and South Elmsley branch have debit/credit payment.

If you have any questions or need further help email, call your branch, or contact us.

What you need to know:

  • Our hours remain the same.
  • You may place holds in person, online or contact branch staff for materials: books, DVDS, magazines, and more.
  • You may use your own device to access wifi or use a public computer.
  • Curbside Pick-Up is still available at 5 locations 7 days out of the week.
  • You are able to check out eBooks, eAudiobooks, music and more with our fantastic e-collections : Overdrive/Libby, and Hoopla Contact us at if you are having difficulty logging in or can’t access your PIN

Library hours and pick-up service

Click on the image to expand the schedule for pick-ups and in-branch hours. Get details of curbside pick-up.

For your health we recommend you:

  • Stay home and stay safe if you feel unwell.  You may still access the Ontario Covid-19 self-assessment tool here.
  • wear a mask when needed, especially if you experience flu-like symptoms.
  • use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently.

At Rideau Lakes Public Library we value you as a library member, your access to information and the safety of our community so we have been taking all precautions recommended by health officials.  For details on our management of Covid-19 health measures, consult our 2022 Safety and Re-Opening Plan document. If you have any questions or concerns around library policies, please contact Vicki, CEO at

We will continue to look to public health officials and our municipal partners to assess the changing situation.  We will let you know of any further changes through, our newsletter, and social media sites.

One of the best tools in our fight against viral pandemics is awareness and accurate information so we have included trusted sources of information on this page.  Working together we can help to ensure that COVID-19 does not lead to unnecessary fear or division in our community.  RLPL’s priority is to help keep the public and our staff safe, healthy and informed.

Vicki Stevenson, CEO,, (613) 359-5334

Information on Covid-19

What is Covid-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some can infect animals, and some can infect humans. COVID-19 is a new disease caused by the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic in March 2020.

Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 are often similar to other illnesses.

Source: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): About the coronavirus disease

Self-assessment tools

For those persons who may be concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19, the federal government has created an online self-assessment tool. You will be asked a series of questions and dependent upon the responses and symptoms identified, the tool will provide advice, giving one of the four following actions:

Access the Ontario self-assessment tool here.


Informational Resources

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