Library Updates on COVID-19

All Innisfil ideaLAB & Library branches are closed until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Follow this page for updates on our reopening plans.

Curbside Pick Up Now Available

Customers can place holds and pick up books, audiobooks, DVDs, Blu-Rays and magazines at our Cookstown, Lakeshore & Stroud Branches.

How it Works:

Step 1: Request Your Items – Reserve materials through your online BiblioCommons account, or use the online form to have us select them for you. When they’re ready you’ll receive an email or phone call to book a pick-up time. 

Step 2: Book a Pick-Up Time – You will be e-mailed a link to book an appointment for pick-up at your preferred location. You can arrive within 30 minutes of your scheduled time (15 minutes before, or 15 minutes after).

Step 3: No Contact Pick-Up – When you arrive, call 705-431-7410 and choose the location (Lakeshore: 1, Cookstown: 2, Stroud: 3). You will be asked for your library card number. 

Visit our Curbside Pick Up FAQ page for more details. 

Drop Boxes Open

As of June 9, Innisfil ideaLAB & Library branches will begin accepting your return materials:

  • No fines will be incurred and there is no pressure to return items
  • All materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in
  • No material donations can be accepted at this time

Reopening Plans Underway

Public libraries are included in Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Province’s reopening plan. Innisfil ideaLAB & Library staff are hard at work on a strategy to implement the reopening recommendations made by the province. We will focus on a slow and steady approach to ensure that all health and safety measures are in place in order to keep residents and staff safe. The implementation of all phases of our opening plan will incorporate the advice and guidelines provided by the Federal and Provincial Government, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU), global library best practices, along with guidance from the Town of Innisfil.

We are getting our space ready to ensure physical distancing, installing physical barriers at the customer service desks, and increasing our hand sanitizer stations. We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable when we open our doors. While we can’t open our doors immediately, we are working diligently and creatively to continue to serve our customers remotely.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library has quickly shifted to offer the community multiple ways to connect online. Virtual services include digital library cards, access to eBooks, and databases as well as an abundance of virtual storytimes and programming for all age levels.

We continue to encourage you to explore all of our online resources by visiting Watch our social media channels for updates or sign up for our digital newsletter for the latest information.

Library cards that expired between March 1 and April 15, 2020 have been extended to July 10, 2020. Residents of Innisfil can sign up for a Digital Membership and get instant access to all of our eBooks, digital movies, magazines, learning tools, and more. Get the details.

Connect to our Staff digitally or by phone: 705-431-7410. Visit our social media channels for updates and recommendations on resources, online experiences, and more!

To get up-to-date and accurate information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and how you can reduce the spread of the virus, please visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website.

We will continue to provide updates to the public as the situation evolves. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time.