NWT Centennial Hay River Library opens Monday following COVID-19 closure

Spots will be available, by appointment only.


Marny Twigge, library staff, welcomes the community inside the NWT Centennial Library.

The NWT Centennial Library will officially be re-opening this upcoming Monday.

“In a limited way, we’re here for you,” says Christine Gyapay, Head Librarian for the NWT Centennial Library

Library hours will be from Monday to Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of Tuesdays and Thursdays being open till 6:30 p.m. and closed on Sunday.

Gyapay has been working at the library as, Head Librarian, for 17 years. She says, “The library is like the living room to the community”.

Since the library’s closure on March 18th many services have been reduced. With the library closed members miss out on not only materials and books but internet usage as well.

A maximum of three people will be allowed in the library at any given time – with no patrons under the age of 16.

Computer usage is by appointment only at 30-minute intervals and users must wear a face mask.

There will be no indoor programming, food, public phone usage, or public washroom access permitted in the library.

An outdoor hotspot will be made available for Wi-Fi use at a table outside the library, with only one seat available at a time.

The library is no longer doing delivery services for books and will solely rely on curbside pickups moving forward.

To book an appointment or check out materials for curbside pick up, email programs@hrlibrary.org, or call 874-6486.

The Great Book Check Out

NWT Centennial Library is hosting its first-ever weekend outdoor event called The Great Book Check Out.

This event is open to the public and will be hosted on August 21nd and 22nd from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Some of the latest and most popular releases from James Patterson and Nora Roberts, among others, will be made available on the lawn of the Centennial Library.

Books will solely be handled by staff due to health and safety measures outlined by the territory.

This event is weather permitting.

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