June 3, 2023

The City Library is ready to accommodate clients as Baguio City transitions to modified general community quarantine.

City Librarian Mercedes Bernardo assured the public that the facility is safe, as library personnel have been apprised of health protocols set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

She said the number of its clients will be limited to ensure physical distancing.

Notices reminding clients to wear face masks and use hand sanitizers are likewise being readied.

Bernardo added there will be regular sanitation in the facility.

The library was ordered closed to the public during the declaration of the enhanced community quarantine.

“Museums and libraries were categorized by the IATF as non-essential,” Bernardo said.

Assistant City Librarian Easter Wahayna-Pablo said they plan to establish online reference services, which is geared towards reducing the hours researchers spend inside the facility.

She said they are devising a system where researchers can coordinate with library personnel if they need help in looking for reference materials through text messaging, calls, or e-mail.

She added online storytelling for children is likewise being planned as the library gears towards the modernizing its services. – Gaby Keith