The Barrie Public Library Remains Open for In-Person Services

A maximum of 50 patrons Downtown and 25 at Painswick

News release – Barrie Public Library

In an announcement on January 3, 2022, the provincial government announced further restrictions due to COVID-19. The Barrie Public Library will remain open for in-person services, with slightly reduced hours.

Both Barrie Public Library locations remain open to browse the collections, access computers and printers, and to book spaces for studying and working. You can also print your vaccination receipt for free at either location (lamination services are not available).

There is a maximum of 50 patrons Downtown and 25 at Painswick, and visits must be limited to 60 minutes or less.

Those looking for a low-contact option can book an Express Pick-up appointment 7 days a week to pick up library materials curbside. Returns are accepted 24/7 through the outdoor return slots. All programs have been transitioned back to virtual, and can be found at

“We are pleased that the library can remain open,” said Lauren Jessop, CEO of the Barrie Public Library. “The pandemic has certainly reinforced how vital libraries are to our community. We’re happy we can continue offering library services while keeping our staff and patrons safe.”

Patrons visiting the library must follow public health guidelines, including wearing a face covering, staying 2m from others, sanitizing or washing hands, and staying home if sick.

For more information on the Barrie Public Library’s services and operating hours, visit, call 705-728-1010, or

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