Barrie Public Library reopening indoor spaces to patrons as of July 5

Painswick branch refurbishing expected to be completed by then

With the province moving into Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen, the Barrie Public Library is getting primed to welcome patrons back into its branches.

The Barrie Public Library will be reopening its spaces on Monday, July 5 and, with some restrictions, all services will be available to patrons. You’ll be able to browse the shelves, access computers and printers, as well as book spaces for study or work. Express pick-up services will continue, and patrons can join online programs and coaching sessions.

While the downtown branch is ready and waiting to accept visitors inside, the Painswick branch continues to undergo refurbishing. It is anticipated work will be completed by July 5, but the library will update the public on social media should that change.

“We absolutely can’t wait to welcome back our patrons,” said Lauren Jessop, CEO of the Barrie Public Library. “It’s a really exciting time for us to be able to reopen, with the refresh of our Painswick Branch and the launch of our Summer Reading Club and Simcoe Reads later this week.”

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. There will be a maximum of 50 patrons Downtown and 35 at Painswick, and visits must be limited to 60 minutes or less.

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

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