JFT Library Reopening Visitor Policy

*Last Updated July 22, 2021 

 

We are pleased to announce that JFT Library will reopen from Thursday, July 29, 2021.

The health and safety of our guests and staff members is our primary concern. As we re-open the Library to the public, we ask you for your cooperation to keep the Library a safe place for yourself, for other visitors, and for our staff by carefully reading the guidelines below:


Services available: Return and Pick-up Only

  • No browsing and accessing shelves are allowed at this time.

Returning items:

  • All items* that were checked out before the temporary closure are now due on Thursday, August 19, 2021.
  • Please make sure all discs and accompanying booklets are placed inside.
  • Please bring your library card or photo-ID. You may be asked to provide them for verification.
  • If you know you have outstanding charges, please bring the exact change as electronic payment methods are not available.
  • All returned items are quarantined for at least 72 hours until we place them back to shelves and circulate them.
  • Please wear a mask or face covering when visiting.

*Items that were already overdue at the time of the temporary closure are not included in the due date reset stated above.

Pick-Up (Checking out items by reservation only)

  • Patrons are not permitted to handle books or materials on shelves. Please email library@jftor.org at least one day prior to the date of your visit to borrow materials. Please include your full name, library card number, title of item, item ID and your date of visit in your email. You may search for titles and item IDs in our online catalogue or view our inventorial book lists on select subjects on our Book Lists page.
  • To borrow periodicals, please include the title of periodical and issue number or date in your email (Example. AERA September 4, 2017). To view the list of periodicals available in Library, click here.
  • Items you reserved will be kept aside for you to pick up on your reserved date.
  • If your booking was made on the day of your visit, items may not be ready for you. Please allow us to retrieve the items from shelves during your visit.
  • Patrons with digital library cards must obtain a physical library card before borrowing physical materials. Please bring your digital library card, valid photo-ID, and proof of address to receive your physical library card.
  • All visitors are asked to leave our facility (both library and gallery) within 60 minutes after your arrival.
  • Please wear a mask or face covering when visiting.

Services NOT available:

  • Browsing, accessing shelves, using the audio-visual stations
  • Computer access (excluding for completing Library Card Application Form on designated computer or Library Catalogue OPAC Search on iPad provided)
  • Printing, Photocopying, Scanning
  • Using the studying and reading areas
  • No lockers are available at this time, so please travel light.

Before Visiting:

  • All visitors must make a booking in advance. This is for the purpose of contact tracing.
  • If you do not have items to return and/or items to borrow, please refrain from visiting.
  • All patrons who would like to borrow items must place a hold in advance by contacting the library. At this stage, we provide pick-up services only.
  • All visitors must wear a mask or face covering when visiting the facility.

Due Date:

  • All items* that were checked out before the temporary closure are due on Thursday, August 19, 2021. If you are not able to return your items by then, please contact us immediately. We will do our best to accommodate your request depending on your circumstances.
  • We are currently in process of adjusting patron accounts. All items that were checked out before the temporary closure will reflect the new due date by Wednesday, August 4, 2021.
  • Overdue fines will start incurring again from Monday, August 23, 2021 unless you make an arrangement with us. Friday, August 20, 2021 is still in the grace period.

*Please note that items that were already overdue at the time of the temporary closure in October 2020 are not included in this due date reset.


Library Card Registration:

  • If you would like to apply for a new library card, you will be asked to complete the Library Card Application Form digitally on-site. Please bring valid photo-ID and proof of address.
  • If you have lost your library card, you will be asked to complete the Library Card Application Form. Please bring valid photo-ID, and proof of address. $1.00 replacement fee will be charged. Only exact change in cash will be accepted.
  • If you have applied for a Digital Library Card and would like to receive your physical library card, please bring your Digital Library Card, valid photo-ID and proof of address.

Book Your Visit:

  • If you wish to borrow items, we recommend you have the Title(s) and Item ID(s) of the item(s) you wish to borrow at hand before beginning the booking process. Items may be searched in our catalogue.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, you can call us at 416-966-2935 or email at library@jftor.org.

To book a visit, please read The Japan Foundation, Toronto guidelines and acknowledgement to proceed.

JFT Guidelines & Acknowledgement