COVID-19 Response

Aug 20, 2020 Update

ILL Services have resumed! Please be advised there are a few more restrictions at the moment, such as 3 requests per card. There is likely also a longer wait time as we work through our backlog of requests, and add additional time for quarantining and longer shipping times.

July 6, 2020 Update

We’ve expanded our hours again, and they’ll remain this way for at least the summer.

Monday-Thursday 12:30-8 Friday 12:30-4:30, and Saturday 10-1.

June 13, 2020 Update

Our hours for the week of June 15-20:

Monday-Tuesday 12:30-8, Wednesday-Friday 12:30-4:30, and Saturday 10-1.

June 5, 2020 Update

We are expanding our open to the public hours to include two evenings a week. Our current open schedule is now Monday-Tuesday 1-8, and Wednesday-Friday 1-4:30.

May 29, 2020 Update

Jake Epp Library will be reopening its doors to the public beginning Monday, June 1-Friday June 5 from 1:00-4:30 pm. To ensure the safety of our patrons as well as staff, all health and safety regulations will be in place. There will also be a limit on the number of patrons in the building at a time. Computer, printing, and photocopying services are unavailable at this time. Curbside pick-up will continue in the mornings on an appointment basis. Please continue to check our website and social media for service updates and expanded hours.


May 8, 2020 Update

We’re ready to start getting you books! Reserve up to 20 books online (please use one card per family), and we’ll contact you when your books are ready for pick up in order to arrange a time.


May 4, 2020 Update

Jake Epp Library to Reopen: Phase One

[Steinbach, MB, May 4 2020] As libraries are included in Phase One of Manitoba’s Pandemic and Economic Roadmap for recovery, the Jake Epp Library is preparing to once again offer

library services to the community.  However, in order to follow provincial health guidelines and ensure the safety of staff and patrons, we will need some preparation time before allowing public into the building.

Phase one of Jake Epp Library reopening plan has been formulated. This first phase will see the book drop opening on May 7th (due dates for all materials will remain as June 30th). On May 14th, the library will begin offering contactless book pick-up on an appointment basis.  We are still working out the details as to how appointments and book reserves will be made, and will announce those instructions once they are determined.

We do not want to jeopardize the confidence the community has for our library by opening too soon and being unprepared.  The safety of our staff and patrons is paramount.  We want to offer library services so that everyone can keep reading, and are working hard to figure out ways of doing that.

Thank you so much for your patience.  We are in this together!


March 16, 2020 Announcement

Dear Patrons,

In response to the increased health concerns surrounding COVID-19, the Jake Epp Library has made the very difficult decision to temporarily close its doors beginning March 17th. At this time, the duration of the closure is unknown. Provincial health authority guidelines will be followed. It is very challenging, if not impossible, to keep a public library fully sanitized under pandemic conditions, and it is also extremely difficult to ensure social distancing in a public space. During the weeks in which the library is closed, the entire building will be deeply cleaned and sanitized.

Library Services During the Closure:

The Jake Epp Library website has information on how to access electronic books through eLibraries Manitoba. Go to:

Be sure to also check out our list of free online resources. Go to:\

Due Dates:

The library will not be accepting any returned materials during the closure. All due dates will be adjusted as needed. Currently items are due back on June 30th.

For more information on COVID-19, go to:

Thank you for your support, patience, and understanding during this time and know that the health and safety of our community is our top priority.