Ottawa (Ont.) Public Library staff are bracing for a “logistical nightmare” when the library begins to accept returns June 8 after nearly three months of shutdown. The library has more than 500,000 items out on loan, everything from books and DVDs to musical instruments and even telescopes, said Donna Clark, manager of branch operations. “Normally they’d all have a staggered return date and there would be an ebb and flow of returns. But these items have been sitting in people’s homes since Mach 16 or before.” Borrowers will be asked to place their material in cardboard boxes, which will then be taken inside to be quarantined. The libraries are still closed to the public, so there will be room for them to be stored.
Ottawa (Ont.) Sun, June 3