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City Bus southbound (Route 3B Stop 572) arrives at Library bus stop at the corner of Owen and Worsley Sts and is scheduled to stop 6 minutes after the hour and 36 minutes after the hour (30 minute service Mon-Sat daytime) * service is hourly evenings and Sundays * scheduled to stop 6 minutes after the hour evenings and Sundays City bus northbound (Route 3A Stop 192) arrives at corner nearest to the Library (south side of Collier St at Owen St) and is scheduled to stop 6 minutes before the hour and 24 minutes after the hour (30 minute service Mon-Sat daytime) * service is hourly evenings and Sundays * scheduled to stop 24 minutes after the hour evenings and Sundays Schedule and Map at Christopher VanderKruys is the Director, Business and Development at the Barrie Public Library. Neither branch of the Library has fax service for the public * nearest public fax services to Downtown Branch are J K Convenience Store on Owen St and the Postal Outlet in the Shopper's Drug Mart at Duckworth and Cundles Rd

Organization: Barrie Public Library - Downtown Branch - 60 Worsley St  
Phone Numbers: 705-728-1010
Fax: 705-728-4322
60 Worsley St
Barrie, ON
L4M 1L6
Intersection: Owen St and Worsley St
Location: Access to parking lot from McDonald St * also a parking lot on Owen St just south of McDonald St
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible    Wheelchair Accessible
Hours: Mon-Thu 9:30 am-9 pm * Fri, Sat 9:30 am-5 pm * Sun 12 noon-5 pm * closed on Sun of long weekends * Library board meetings held monthly from Sep-Jun * meetings open to the public
Executives: Lauren Jessop - CEO
Christopher Vanderkruys - Director, Business and Development
Contacts: Alison Schroeder - Service Delivery Manager
Currently vacant - Manager, Literacy, Programming and Community
Service Description: Provides informational, recreational and cultural resources for all ages including books, magazines, compact discs, newspapers, maps, DVDs, Electronic books, downloadable audiobooks, downloadable magazines and movies, and Internet access (including wireless)
  • Online databases on many topics available through the library website and from computers within the library
  • print and video materials in some other languages
  • Local History Collection, including local newspapers on Microfilm/fiche, Births/Deaths/Marriages indexes, microfilm/fiche reader/printers at Downtown Branch
  • Barrie Public Library, Downtown Branch, houses a musical instrument library in partnership with the Huronia Symphony Orchestra (available starting October 2017)
  • Barrie Public Library, Downtown Branch, houses the library collection of the Ontario Genealogical Society, Simcoe County Branch
  • computers with Office 2007 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and internet access are available for public use
  • 2 accessible workstations are available with Office 2010
  • tours of the Library are available (book in advance)
  • the library has a silent study room
  • Print Braille for children also available
  • 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
  • Library has a 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
  • Offers a variety of programs for children and teens including children's storytime programs and storytime kits
  • offers adult programs such as 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 offered September-June
  • Information Barrie operates as a community information and referral service * the Information Barrie database of community organizations is available through the library website
  • 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

Fees: None * No Membership fee to residents and taxpayers of the City of Barrie and contracting townships * reciprocal borrowing arrangement exists with Orillia and Midland Public Libraries and Georgian College * others can join for a fee
Application: Apply in person for a library card * must have identification showing Barrie or Oro-Medonte address or valid Orillia or Midland Public Library Card or valid Georgian College student card
Eligibility - Population(s) Served: No restrictions * one must have membership card for borrowing privileges
Languages: English ; French
Language Note: French publications * French interpretation available upon request
Area(s) Served:
Barrie ; Oro-Medonte  
See Also: Libraries and Resource Centres

This information was last completely updated on September 6, 2017

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