BPL For Teens


Explore the teen areas of our Downtown and Painswick branches to find books, movies, video games and magazines. Our Downtown Branch has a study area with plugs to charge your devices and tables to work at with your friends.  If you’d like to help us make our teen area even better, think about joining our Teen Advisory Board (TAB).

Learn more about how you can get a free library card. Find out about our loan periods for different items and fines if you’re late bringing them back.

View our Information Barrie Community Database to get contact info for local services, organizations and clubs, including volunteer opportunities, support groups and counselling services.

Teen Summer Reading

Grade 7 and up can join our Teen Summer Reading program! Read and log your books for great prizes and earn ballots for weekly and grand prize draws. Come to the library to play our Plinko-style game to help you select a new book. If teens collectively read 500 books, BPL staff will spend an entire day sporting wild and wacky hair-dos!

Register online for the Teen Summer Reading Program.

Study Rooms

Need a quiet place to study for exams, work on a project or get some writing done? We have a group study room at both branches available on a first-come first-served basis.

Wi-Fi and Computers

The Library offers free Wi-Fi as well as computers you can use for 180 minutes each day. To use the computers, you need your library card or photo ID. Please read our Internet Use Guidelines.

Free Programs and Events

We have free programs for teens every month – from after school activities and book chats to Teen Coffee House Nights where you can come perform in a casual environment.  View our upcoming programs below or visit our online calendar to see everything.

Starting on June 25th, teens can participate in our Teen Summer Reading Club program. If BPL teens collectively read 500 books, BPL staff will spend an entire day sporting wild and wacky hair-dos just for you! Not yet convinced? Every 4 books you read and log, you can claim 1 free book AND for each book logged, you earn a ballot that goes toward both weekly draws as well as a grand prize at the end of the summer! Ask staff for details on registering.


Borrowing Items

Search our library catalogue to find materials, place holds and renew your borrowed items. You can also use your library card to access our online databases to research magazine and newspaper articles on a wide range of subjects. Log in to your account to view the items you have checked out, renew them and see any fines you might have. We also have French resources and services.

Events and Programs for Teens

L o a d i n g

Teen Lego Robotics (Reg.)

July 19 | 2:00PM
Painswick | Massie Family Program Room

Interactive Movie Night - Beauty and the Beast

July 19 | 6:30PM
Downtown | Angus Ross Room

Shark Talk with Peter Jennings

July 21 | 11:00AM
Downtown | Flex Space

Digital Library

You can borrow eBooks and audiobooks through Libraries on the Go. Download the OverDrive app to browse from your phone.

Download the Hoopla app or visit Hoopla online to download eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows and comics. Register for Hoopla for free with your library card and borrow up to 8 items per month – that means you can watch 8 movies or TV episodes, or borrow 8 eBooks or Audiobooks every month for free, with no wait lists.

Access Zinio to read and download hundreds of online magazines like Guitar Player, Seventeen, Teen Vogue, Rolling Stone and more. You can read back issues, and sign up to get notified when new ones come out.

Teen Advisory Board

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group of teens between the ages of 14 to 19 who are passionate about the library. With representatives from all Barrie high schools, TAB members help to plan programs, promote teen reading, and help create a great environment for teens at the library! Check out TAB’s past radio and TV commercials on our YouTube page, or have a listen to this year's radio commercials: TAB Friends commercial, TAB God's Plan commercial, TAB Havana commercial.

TAB is a fun and rewarding way to complete your 40 hours of community service, and participation looks great on your resume. You’ll also learn valuable leadership and teamwork skills, and get to make new friends while you’re at it.

TAB meets on the fourth Monday of every month at the Downtown Branch from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. We plan teen programs, share ideas, make suggestions for the library, and eat pizza generously donated by Domino’s Pizza Barrie!

For more information about how you can join the Teen Advisory Board, please contact us through our Ask a Librarian form.

Recommended Reads

Check out our recommended book lists for ages 12 to 17, available in our Teen area. For more inspiration, check out our teen review page!

Teen Romance

Historical Fiction for Teens

The Undead: Zombie Novels

If you liked the Divergent Series...

Books made into movies

Books With Bite

Teen Humour

Mystery Fiction


Science Fiction

Great Reads for Teens

Graphic Novel Adaptations

Can’t find your favourite book in our collection?  You can suggest we purchase a book you’ve enjoyed through our Ask a Librarian page.


Teens are required to get 40 hours of community service to graduate from high school – volunteer at the library to get those hours and make a difference in your community. We have lots of great opportunities for students to volunteer, including at our Barrie Dragon Boat Festival in August, BPL Comic Con in the fall and fun programs and events throughout the year.

Starting in June of 2018, teens will have a new way to earn volunteer hours - by becoming a volunteer book reviewer! Earn volunteer hours by writing a review of your favourite book, movie, or video game. Reviews will be posted on our website. If you are interested in this position, please use this special online application form: Teen Reviewer Online Application 

Find organizations in the community that are looking for volunteers through our Community Information Database  and the Barrie Association of Volunteer Administrators.


Although there’s a TON of information on the Internet, not all of it is true – you need to be careful what you use in your research. We have a wide selection of databases for you to use when you need reliable, accurate information for a class assignment or research project. Our databases contain thousands of articles from magazines, journals and newspapers covering a wide variety of subject areas. They’re written by publishers, experts and professionals, and many aren’t available on the Internet. View our Digital Library and get started with your research.

Learn how to write a bibliography to give credit to the works you used for your research.

Books for Teens