Maple Ridge Library is looking a little different these days. With this overview shot, people can see what the FVRL Express service looks like from behind the scenes. (Special to The News)

Maple Ridge Library is looking a little different these days. With this overview shot, people can see what the FVRL Express service looks like from behind the scenes. (Special to The News)

ON THE PAGE: FVRL Express launches Monday

It’s as easy as click, pick, and go at Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows libraries starting next week

By Afton Schindel/Special to The News

Can’t wait to get your hands on some new reading material?

Eager to have a new television show to binge watch?

Starting Monday, June 1, Fraser Valley Regional Library is expanding service so that you can pick up items using FVRL Express.

The contactless pickup service will take place at all 25 locations, and it allows customers to place holds using the online catalog or by phoning the library.

Behind the scenes, library staff are working to prepare your holds for the new pickup service and make getting them into your hands as safe, and as quick as possible.

Did you have items on hold before the library closure?

Not to worry!

We’ve already processed them and they are waiting for pickup.

RELATED: Library cards, ebooks available online in Fraser Valley

The inside of our libraries are starting to look a little different as we package up holds and prepare for this new service.

There are tons of materials just waiting to go out.

After you receive email notification that your items are ready for pickup, you will have three weeks to pick them up.

When you arrive at your pick up library, follow all ground markings and signs to the pick-up point.

At the pick-up point, show your library card or ID.

Library staff will retrieve your packaged holds, place them outside the door, and motion to you when it is safe to step forward and retrieve your package.

The FVRL Express service will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays at both Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows libraries.

Days of operation may vary for other libraries in the FVRL system.

Please note that you need to be waiting outside the library no later than 4:45 p.m. for pick up as our libraries close at 5 p.m.

We have also expanded the amount of items cardholders can borrow at a time.

Regular cardholders can now place holds and borrow up to 120 items at a time and Intro Card and eCard customers can check out up to 10 items.

PAST COLUMN: Library doors may be closed by Maple Ridge librarians still available to help

Book drops will also re-open to receive returns starting June 1 and remain open 24/7.

Just keep in mind, any oversized Playground items, such as birdwatching backpacks, ukuleles, telescopes or SPRK+ cannot be returned at this time – so please feel free to enjoy them a little longer. No late fines will accrue.

Have questions for staff?

During FVRL Express hours, staff will also be available by phone to answer questions you might have about FVRL Express, other library services, and to answer reference questions.

We’re also gearing up for the Summer Reading Club, which will launch on June 12. Registration will take place online this year, so be sure to check out FVRL’s website for the details and to stay up-to-date with events.

Virtual performances will be released throughout the summer, with some great shows to tune into through our website and social media channels. There will also be prize giveaways all summer long.

For more information about Fraser Valley Regional Library services, including FVRL Express and Summer Reading Club, check out our website or phone your local library.

– Afton Schindel is the Fraser Valley Regional Library’s community librarian supervisor at Pitt Meadows library



• If there is more to this issue, please let us know about it. Email us at We look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

BooksCoronavirusPitt Meadows

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police tape is shown in Toronto Tuesday, May 2, 2017. (Graeme Roy/The Canadian Press)
CRIME STOPPERS: ‘Most wanted’ for the week of Jan. 24

Crime Stoppers’ weekly list based on information provided by police investigators

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Employers might be able to require COVID-19 vaccination from employees: B.C. lawyer

‘An employer must make the case’ using expert science, explains lawyer David Mardiros

Prep teacher Ola Cholewa shows local environmentalist Jack Emberly posters that students from the Fish Ladder Awareness Team made to promote a fish ladder along the Alouette River. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
New club in fight for fish ladder in Maple Ridge

The Environmental School club creating awareness about the need for a fish ladder on the Alouette

Keith Kartzewski captured a fogbow, when fog refracts light in the shape of a rainbow but without the bright colours. This was taken in Pitt Meadows Feb. 19, 2021. (Special to The News)
SHARE: Fogbow photographed in Pitt Meadows

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon

The Pitt Meadows Art Gallery will be running a photography exhibition through February and March.
Pitt Meadows Art Gallery featuring photography

Pros and amateurs submitted their images on a variety of themes

Terrance Josephson of the Princeton Posse, at left, and Tyson Conroy of the Summerland Steam clash during a Junior B hockey game at the Summerland Arena in the early spring of 2020. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Test your knowledge of Canada’s national winter sport

Wet’suwet’en supporters and Coastal GasLink opponents continue to protest outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, February 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
‘We’re still in it’: Wet’suwet’en push forward on rights recognition

The 670-km Coastal GasLink pipeline was approved by B.C. and 20 elected First Nations councils on its path

Jennifer Cochrane, a Public Health Nurse with Prairie Mountain Health in Virden, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Robert Farquhar with Westman Regional Laboratory, during the first day of immunizations at the Brandon COVID-19 vaccination supersite in Brandon, Man., on Monday, January 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tim Smith - POOL
Top doctor urges Canadians to keep up with COVID measures, even as vaccines roll out

More than 776,606 vaccines have been administered so far

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

From the left: Midway RCMP Csts. Jonathan Stermscheg and Chris Hansen, Public Servant Leanne Mclaren and Cpl. Phil Peters. Pictured in the front are Mclaren’s dog, Lincoln and Peters’ dog, Angel. Photo courtesy of BC RCMP
B.C. Mounties commended for bringing firewood to elderly woman

Cpl. Phil Peters said he and detachment members acted after the woman’s husband went to hospital

Dr. Jerome Leis and Dr. Lynfa Stroud are pictured at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Thursday, January 21, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
‘It wasn’t called COVID at the time:’ One year since Canada’s first COVID-19 case

The 56-year-old man was admitted to Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

An Uber driver’s vehicle is seen after the company launched service, in Vancouver, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Several taxi companies have lost a court bid to run Uber and Lyft off the road in British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Taxi companies lose court bid to quash Uber, Lyft approvals in British Columbia

Uber said in a statement that the ruling of the justice is clear and speaks for itself

VIDEO: Mission drag racer scores 1st career win, sets world record, makes history in 2020

Justin Bond, founder and owner of JBS Equipment Mission, has break-out year

Most Read