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

Discover Opportunities

Our Vision

Barrie Public Library...where community comes together.

Our Values

Service
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.

Curiosity
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.

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

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