Holly Library

Holly Community Library

Outside of Holly Community Library with Coming Soon stickers

Here we grow again! Our two-branch library system is expanding – join us on the journey as we bring library services to the Holly area.

Libraries build strong neighbourhoods, and we can’t wait to bring books and online information, programs, study and work spaces, computer access, free Wi-Fi, and MORE, all in a convenient location! We were thrilled when Barrie City Council approved a Holly Community Library in 2021.

After a year of planning and approvals, we are ready to make it a reality. While we don’t have a firm timeline for opening, we anticipate it will be open late spring 2022.

Our goal is to make the Barrie Public Library as convenient, accessible, and relevant to our community as possible. We look forward to meeting you in our new space later this year!


Quick Facts

  • 555 Essa Road, Unit 17 (in the Food Basics plaza)
  • 4500 square foot boutique space
  • Beautiful and flexible shelving and furniture
  • Open 7 days/week

The Collection

To meet the needs of a vibrant and diverse community, the collection at our Holly Community Library will include 40,000 general interest, popular, and recreational titles for adults, children, and teens. We will also incorporate our Featured Collections, with easy-to-browse categories like Home, Pets, Romance, and more. 


Stay in the Loop

Want to stay updated on our progress? Sign up for our Holly Community Library e-newsletter. We will send you an email when we’ve got exciting news and milestones to share. 


Background and History

The Barrie Public Library has a long, rich history in Barrie. Our story began as the Mechanic’s Institute in 1854, when Barrie boasted a population of about 500 people. The library grew with the city over the decades, calling various buildings and locations home until our current Downtown Branch was constructed in 1996. 

In 2012, during our 150th anniversary year, we opened the Painswick Branch in the Yonge and Big Bay Point area. This community library brought library services to an underserved area and was warmly welcomed to the neighbourhood. After nearly 10 years in operation, the Painswick Branch underwent a refresh in 2021, bringing in a new discovery-layout that makes it easier to browse and find what you’re looking for. We are thrilled with the vibrant, flexible and beautiful new space, and can’t wait to see this reflected in our Holly Community Library.