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On Friday, April 16, the province announced an extended Stay-at-Home Order and stricter measures. Both Barrie Public Library buildings will remain closed to in-person visits. However, patrons will continue to be able to pick-up holds at the front entrances on a drop-in basis or by scheduling an Express Pick-up appointment. 

Available Services 

During this time both Barrie Public Library buildings will be closed to in-person visits. However, patrons will be able to pick-up holds at the front entrances on a drop-in basis or by scheduling an Express Pick-up appointment.

Returns will be accepted at both outdoor return slots 24/7. Returned items are quarantined before being checked in and may stay on your account for up to 7 days.

Virtual programming and virtual coaching sessions will continue and our Digital Library is always open. We’ve also introduced new wireless and remote printing, allowing patrons the ability to send a print job from home and pick it up the same day at the library for the cost of $0.20 per sheet.

Want some help choosing your next reads? Fill out our Next5 form and we will gather five recommendations for you to read, watch or listen to next! Looking to keep the kids busy? Fill out our Busy Bundles form and we can put some great items on hold for you to come pick up.

Learn more about available library services and our stay safe guidelines. Contact us at 705-728-1010, email AskUs@barrielibrary or fill out our online AskUs form for any questions or assistance during the shutdown.

Please note: Safety protocols remain in place during our curbside services. This includes wearing a face covering, maintaining 2m distance from staff and others waiting for service and staying home if you are sick.

Picking up Holds

Picking up your reserved items is as easy as 1-2-3! 

  1. Visit our online catalogue myBPL to browse or search for items to place on hold.
  2. When your item(s) are ready you will be notified by your chosen contact method (text message or email). You then have 7 days to schedule an Express Pick-up appointment or drop-in to pick-up your items.
  3. Have your library card handy when you pick-up your items at your pick-up location!

Get a Digital Library Card

Live in Barrie? You are eligible for an instant Digital Library Card! Apply online and get instant access to over 70 Digital Library resources and 120,000 free e-books, e-audiobooks and more. You will receive an email with your new library card number and information on using it. 

Learn more about getting a Library card.


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