About the Library

The Barrie Public Library serves a population of 140,000 residents in Barrie, Ontario. We have three locations: DowntownPainswick and Holly. Learn about our Locations, Services and Stay Safe Guidelines.

Mission, Vision and Values

Our Mission

Discover Opportunities

Our Vision

Barrie Public Library...where community comes together.

Our Values

We care about and respond to the needs of our community and our colleagues. We have unique interests, experiences and passions, and we bring these to work every day. We engage with our community and welcome everyone.

We are interested, inquisitive and committed to exploring new ideas and considering fresh perspectives.  It is our curiosity and creative thinking that will ensure we continue to succeed. We use our imaginations to exceed expectations.

We believe in collaboration, inclusion, and diversity. Through partnerships and community engagement, we seek opportunities to cooperate and build connections.  We share.

Economic Impact Study

Strategic Plan

Our current Strategic Plan outlines our strategic directions and goals for 2020-2024. 

Our Strategic Directions

  • Awareness
  • Connections
  • Inclusion
  • Relevance
  • Culture

Land Acknowledgment

The Barrie Public Library is a gathering place where community comes together; to share stories, to explore new ideas and to consider fresh perspectives. It is through this unique position in our community that we support and promote truth and reconciliation with indigenous peoples.

The Library, and we as individuals, have a deep desire to bring about change in our community and move forward together as diverse and inclusive peoples.    

We acknowledge that we are on the traditional land of the Anishnaabeg [Ah-nish-NAH-beg] people.  The Anishnaabeg [Ah-nish-NAH-beg] include the Odawa [Oh-DAH-wah], Ojibwe [O-jib-we] and Pottawatomi [boh-tah-WAH-toh-mee] nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. This land is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

The Library has a responsibility to raise awareness of the history and ongoing impacts of colonialism on this land, and to help celebrate the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples, nations, and cultures. In our shared spaces, inside and outside the Library, we will listen to and amplify Indigenous voices, inspire greater understanding, and connect people to one another and to this land.

We are dedicated to honouring Indigenous history and culture and are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and respect.