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Great news! We will be reopening our spaces on Monday, February 22, as the Simcoe-Muskoka region returns to the Red – Control zone of the provincial framework.

We have continued to offer low-contact pickup of materials during the Stay-at-Home orders, but both locations have been closed to visitors since the shutdown began on December 26.

“We are grateful that our patrons were still able to pick up materials during the shutdown, but we sure miss having them in our spaces,” said Lauren Jessop, CEO of the Barrie Public Library. “As this pandemic continues, we’ve seen a real need for library services and for human connection. We’re looking forward to being able to provide in-person services again.”

While the region returns to the Red – Control framework on February 16, we are taking time to sanitize our spaces, reactivate security services, and shift staff schedules. 

All services will be available on February 22 with some restrictions in place, including browsing collections, computer access and printing, bookable spaces for studying and working, and online programs and coaching sessions.

Patrons visiting us in person must follow public health guidelines, including wearing a face covering, staying 2m from others, sanitizing or washing hands, and staying home if sick. Contact tracing and a screening questionnaire must be completed before entering our buildings. There will be a maximum of 50 patrons in our spaces at a time, and visits should be limited to 60 minutes or less.  

For more information on our reopening plans, visit our Library Services During COVID page, call 705-728-1010, or email


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