BPL For Teens


Looking for your next read, or a way to earn volunteer hours? Check out our teen review page for more info!

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 within the community, support groups and counselling services.


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 gaming sessions and job fairs 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.

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.

Digital Library

You can borrow eBooks and audiobooks through cloudLibrary. Download the cloudLibrary app to browse from your phone or computer.

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 eAudiobooks every month for free, with no wait lists.

Access RBDigital 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.

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 - check them out on our review page! 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.

New Books for Teens