Winnipeggers can now book a book (and more) at 20 different Winnipeg Public Library locations.

As of May 9 libraries closed once again in Manitoba for in-person browsing, but book lovers in Winnipeg can reserve books and other library materials for pickup.

"In an effort to ensure we were satisfying the spirit of the public health orders, the decision was made to close all our library branches and suspend our holds pickup service. Following discussions with provincial officials, it was determined that we could provide contactless holds pickup service," the city says in a statement.

Just as it was done previously, pickups can be arranged by booking materials online. When the material is ready, the patron will receive a phone call or email.

"Library staff are available to assist customers with this process through Winnipeg Public Library’s Ask Us service."

When parked outside the library, patrons are expected to call the library to say they have arrived. The books and materials will be then put on a table outside the library's front entrance. Masks will be required.

Pickups will begin Thursday under the library's usual operating hours.