Barrie Public Library

Site: Barrie - 48 Dean Ave

Service: Painswick Branch

Description (Service) COVID-19 Response 
  • For updated information visit: Service during COVID-19 
  • Both the Downtown and Painswick locations of the Barrie Public Library are open for in-person visits with spaces and services updated to support the health, safety and comfort of all visitors 
    • in-person service will include mandatory face coverings, physical distancing practices, strict cleaning protocols with ongoing sanitization of high traffic surfaces and the quarantining of returned materials 
    • browse the aisles for books, movies and more or get help from staff, to quickly find what you need 
    • access the digital library with a 60-minute session on the public computers or with your own device and free wi-fi 
    • printing, scanning and photocopying as well as wireless and remote printing is available  
    • in-library visits should be brief and no longer than an hour to ensure equitable access to our entire community
  • Book an appointment for low contact Express Pickup of material  
  • Return slots are open 24/7 at both locations,, please note that returned material will be quarantined for at least 3 days before they are checked in 
  • there are no late fees for overdue items 
  • virtual programs  
  • To get up-to-date and accurate information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and how you can reduce the spread of the virus access the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
Regular Service 
Provides informational, recreational and cultural resources for all ages 
Resources/Services include: 
  • books, magazines, compact discs, newspapers, maps, DVDs, Electronic books, downloadable audiobooks, magazines and movies, and Internet access (including wireless)  
  • online databases on many topics available through the library website and from computers within the library 
  • multilingual materials  
  • computers with Office 2007 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and internet access are available for public use 
  • Brainfuse HelpNow online tutoring available with Library membership. Knowledgeable tutors provide help in a wide variety of subjects like math, science, social studies, English language arts, and Canadian and world history. Tutors are available every day from 2 pm-11 pm and can provide help in English and French from elementary to postsecondary 
  • group study room and a silent study room 
  • community meeting room available for rental, see separate record 
  • Talking Book Service, Large Print Book Collection and CELA materials available to library users who, due to a visual, physical, or learning disability, cannot use conventional print materials 
  • Library newsletter is available through the website in a version for the visually impaired 
  • specialized unit which magnifies print material for the visually impaired 
  • Visiting Library Service for individuals who cannot visit the library in person
Programs include: 
  • programs for children and teens including children's storytime programs, Teen Writers Group and Summer Reading Programs 
  • programs for adults including internet and email workshops, workshops to introduce specialized online resources, as well as information sessions on many topics from health to travel to business 
  • book clubs for adults, teens and children are offered September-June 
  • library tours, please book in advance
Information Barrie 
  • operates as a community information and referral service 
  • Information Barrie database of community organizations is available through the library website, see separate record 
Annual Barrie Dragon Boat Festival 
  • held in August and involves Dragon boat races and land-based activities in support of this event 
  • the Festival is in support of Barrie Public Library plus other local charities
Ontario Library Week (formerly Ontario Public Library Week) is in October 
Canadian Library Month is the month of October 
Chief Executive Officer is Lauren Jessop,
Service Details
Public Comments Bus Service to Barrie Public Library Panswick 
  • Mon 9:30 am-5 pm 
  • Tue-Fri 9:30 am-9 pm 
  • Sat-Sun 9:30 am-5 pm 
  • closed on Sun of long weekends 
  • Library board meetings held monthly from Sep-Jun, meetings open to the public
Areas Served Barrie ; Oro-Medonte
  • No age restrictions 
  • must have membership card for borrowing privileges  
  • Free library membership available for people who: 
    • Live in Barrie or Oro-Medonte 
    • Work in Barrie 
    • Study in Barrie 
    • Own property or a business in Barrie 
    • Attend or work at Georgian College 
    • Live in Midland or Orillia and have a current library membership at Midland or Orillia Public Library
  • Apply in person or online for a library card here to access our digital library 
  • for all memberships, current name and address identification must be provided 
  • additional identification may be required for some membership types
Languages English ; French - Interpretation, Publications, depending on availability of staff
Fees Service - Can join for a fee if outside of the eligibility for a free membership ; None - For people who live in Barrie or Oro-Medonte, work in Barrie, study in Barrie, own property or a business in Barrie, attend or work at Georgian College, live in Midland or Orillia and have a current library membership at Midland or Orillia Public Library
Address and Location
Located In Community Barrie
Address & Map
48 Dean Ave
Barrie, ON L4N 0C2
Intersection Yonge St and Big Bay Point Rd
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-728-1010
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Primary Contact Darcy Glidden, Branch Manager; Email:
Alternate Contact Vivien Keiling, Manager, Service Delivery; Email:
Primary Executive Alison Schroeder, Director, Customer Experience; Email:
Alternate Executive Christopher Vanderkruys, Director, Business and Development; Email:

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