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UPDATE: October 28, 2022

Due to supply issues, the completion of the project has been delayed. While we don't have a set date, it is anticipated that the project will now wrap up mid-November. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your continued patience as we work to improve your library.

The last phase of the Downtown Library’s construction is set to begin on Tuesday, October 11.

The City of Barrie initiated the project in July, which includes the hardscape around the full perimeter of the building and a refresh of John Edwin Coupe Park beside the library. 

This final phase will complete the hardscape along Owen Street and the back of the library and is anticipated to wrap up on October 28. New trees are being planted, but the full garden won’t be done until spring 2023.

From October 11 until project completion, the following services will be affected:

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations will be unavailable 
  • Book Drop return slot will be closed; please bring them into the building during Library Hours or return at Painswick and Holly using their 24/7 return slots
  • Express Pickup Window will be closed; we will have a station set up at the front entrance of the library
  • Bike Racks will be unavailable; we have ordered new ones to be installed both in the front and back of the building, but we currently don’t have a timeline for delivery and installation

For any questions or concerns, please fill out our AskUs form, email, or call 705-728-1010.

Construction at front entrance of Downtown Library showing the installation of a new tree Construction at front entrance of Downtown Library showing new walkway area 


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