About the Library

The Barrie Public Library serves a population of 140,000 residents in Barrie, Ontario. We have two branches: Downtown and Painswick. Learn more about our Locations and Services

View our 2018 Community Report, which outlines how we are meeting our strategic initiatives through major milestones, innovative services and programs, and new partnerships in the community.

Mission, Vision and Values

Our Mission
Enriching the economic, social and cultural vitality of our community by opening doors to lifelong learning. 

Our Vision
Promote literacy and transform lives by providing knowledge, information, and resources that enrich, empower, and educate. 

Our Values
Fun  |  Progressive  |  Caring  |  Connected

Strategic Plan

Our current Strategic Plan outlines our strategic directions and goals for 2017-2019. 

Our Strategic Directions

  • Create an inspiring community presence
  • Provide a gateway to opportunity
  • Foster community-wide collaboration
  • Maximize technology for value and impact
  • Promote a culture of inclusion