Library Giving $250,000 to the City to Fight Covid: Cost Savings Donated to Keep Citizens Safe

Thunder Bay Public Library
Thunder Bay Public Library

THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay Public Library is an important focal point for many people in our city.

In a statement issued to media on September 21, 2020, the Library reports, “The province-wide shut down earlier this year forced the Thunder Bay Public Library, along with many other employers, to make some very difficult decisions, including closing our buildings and placing the majority of Library staff on a declared emergency leave for several months.

“The $250,000 in savings the library is giving to the City were achieved mostly through the reduced staffing costs – although we have also seen increased and unanticipated costs due to the global pandemic.

“We expect that this $250,000 contribution will help the City in their efforts to fund emergency services, shelters, and other key City services to help keep our city safe and citizens connected to the supports that they need.

“We are looking forward to continuing to phase in library services until we can safely resume full operations.  We know that many people in our community NEED the library, now, more than ever and we look forward to fully resuming our role of safely connecting people of all ages, races, and income levels in accessing important and valued public services.

“Watch for a phase six announcement, coming soon (limited services inside at all library locations).  We are currently in phase five, with holds pick up and returns available at all library locations from Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. We are also offering a wide variety of virtual services and online programs.”

Full details are available on the Library Website at