Description (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 
* 2 accessible workstations are available with Office 2010 
* silent study room 
* 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 
* print Braille for children  
* specialized unit which magnifies print material for the visually impaired 
* a walker and a wheelchair are available to use in the library  
* Visiting Library Service available to individuals who cannot visit the library in person  
* local history collection, including local newspapers on Microfilm/fiche, Births/Deaths/Marriages indexes, microfilm/fiche reader/printers at Downtown Branch 
* musical instrument library in partnership with the Huronia Symphony Orchestra at Downtown Branch 
* library collection of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Simcoe County Branch at Downtown Branch 
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 * the 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 Starting Sun March 1, 2020, the library will be open at 9:30 am on Sundays 
Effective Aug 25, 2019 Bus Service to Barrie Public Library Downtown 
There is no longer a bus stop outside of the downtown location of the Barrie Public Library. The nearest bus stops to the library are: 
* STOP 191 (on Collier St located north-west corner Owen St and Collier St) serviced by Route100 A/C Red Express (clockwise loop)  
* STOP 192 (located at the south-west corner of Owen St and Collier St) serviced by Route 100 B/D Blue Express (counterclockwise loop)  
* Check Route 100 A/C Red Express and 100 B/D Blue Express Full Schedule for all times and visit for trip planning and real-time bus information
Hours Mon-Thu 9:30 am-9 pm * Fri-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
Eligibility 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
Application Apply in person for a library card * 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
Site Location Access to parking lot from McDonald St * also a parking lot on Owen St just south of McDonald St
Located In Community Barrie
Address & Map
60 Worsley St
Barrie, ON L4M 1L6
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Intersection Owen St and Worsley St
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Contact Information
Office Phone 705-728-1010
Fax 705-728-4322
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Primary Contact Vivien Keiling, Manager, Service Delivery; Email:
Alternate Contact Sandra Sydor, Manager, Community Engagement; Email:
Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fleming, Coordinator, Volunteer Resources; Email:
Primary Executive Alison Schroeder, Director, Customer Experience; Email:
Alternate Executive Christopher Vanderkruys, Director, Business and Development; Email:

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