Barrie Public Library forced to lay off some of its workforce amid COVID-19 shut down

Library continues to provide online services

COVID-19 has forced the Barrie Public Library to lay off some of its workforce.

The Library’s programs and services have been drastically affected as a result of the pandemic, bringing about the temporary laying off of select staff. Affected members include library pages and casual staff, as well as some part- and full-time staff.

‚ÄúThis decision in no way reflects their hard work and dedication to the Library and to their community,” said Library CEO Lauren Jessop, “Our number one goal is to keep our employees safe and healthy and to get them back to work as soon as it is responsibly possible. In the meantime, we will continue to follow the mandates set by the Province and provide our services virtually to the community as much as possible,”

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Both the downtown and Painswick branches of the Barrie Public Library remain closed, however, the library continues to provide digital access to its services.