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On January 12, the Provincial Government announced a state of emergency and stay-at-home orders that come into effect at 12:01am on Thursday, January 14.  

Our library services remain unchanged with this announcement. Members can continue to place holds for physical books and movies and pick them up on a drop-in basis or by appointment. Returns are welcome using our outdoor return slots, and our Digital Library and online resources are available 24/7.

Public health guidelines must be followed when picking up your items, which include wearing a face covering, staying 2m (6ft) from others, and staying home if you are sick. 

Picking Up New Items

  1. Visit our online catalogue and reserve books and movies
  2. When you’re notified that your items are ready, either drop in to pick up your items, or book an Express Pick-up appointment within 7 days
  3. Have your library card ready and stay 2m (6ft) apart from others

Digital Library
Access our Digital Library 24/7 with your library card for over 70 amazing online resources – all for free! This includes websites and apps to read e-books and listen to e-audiobooks; online newspapers, magazines and articles; crafting and DIY tutorials; business supports and legal forms; genealogy and family history sites; homework and research tools, and more. Some highlights:

  • cloudLibrary: Your main source for e-books and e-audiobooks
  • CreativeBug: Art and craft video classes for sewing, quilting, jewellery making, and more.
  • Mango Languages: Learn 70+ lanauges including Spanish, English, German, French, and Korean.
  • LinkedIn Learning: Over 6,000 video courses in business, technology, and creative skills.
  • PressReader: Full-colour online versions of over 6,000 newspapers from 120 countries. Includes today’s papers as well as an archive of up to 60 days of past issues.
  • PebbleGo: reading and research tools for Pre-K to Grade 3.

Get a Library Card
Not a member? It’s not too late! Apply online for a free library membership. Barrie residents are emailed a library card number to immediately gain access to our online resources. Eligible residents outside of Barrie will receive a library card number within 3 business days.

Renew a Library Card
Card expired? Call us at 705-728-1010 Option#3, or email AskUs@barrielibrary.ca and our staff can help.

Next5: Get Personalized Recommendations
Wondering what to read, watch or listen to next? Fill out our Next5 form to let us know your likes and dislikes, and we’ll recommend 5 titles for you. We can either email you a list or put the items on hold for you to pick up.

Program Portal
Join us for a huge variety of online programs each month! Check out our Events Calendar for what’s coming up, or visit our Program Portal for an archive of all online programs since March 2020.

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