Browse, Borrow & Go

Welcome back! The Library is opening its doors to the public on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. We will be operating under a Browse, Borrow & Go model at this time, and ask that you keep your visit to 15 minutes or less when coming to borrow materials. Computers will be available for one 30 minute session per person, per day.


Lakeshore Branch
Tuesday-Thursday: 9:30am-8:00pm
Friday: 9:30am-5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday-Monday: closed

Cookstown Branch
Tuesday-Wednesday: 10:00am-6:00pm
Thursday: 1:00pm-8:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday-Monday: closed

Stroud Branch
Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday-Monday: closed

What will Library Services look like?

The library is following provincial and local health unit guidelines for operating during the pandemic and has implemented a number of changes to enhance the safety of all of our users.


The safety of our Staff and public is our top priority. You will see physical distancing and directional signage around the building. We are also limiting the number of people in the building at a time to ensure enough space for physical distancing. Please practice physical distancing and follow the signs and directions from staff when entering and using the building.

In accordance with guidelines from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, everyone entering the Library is required to wear a mask, unless you qualify for an exemption. All staff will be wearing masks.

Hand sanitizer is available at various points throughout the building for you to use during your visit. We have also implemented enhanced cleaning protocols, and have installed barriers at service desks.

Please refrain from visiting the library if you are feeling unwell.

Please do not bring outside food or drink into the building at this time.

Available Services

Our Browse, Borrow & Go model allows you to access our library collections to find materials to check out and enjoy at home. Staff will be available to assist you in finding the items you are looking for, recommend titles for you to try, place holds, and welcome you back into our space!

All circulation services, new and updated memberships, and checkout services are available. Staff will maintain a 2 metre distance when assisting you, and may ask you to step aside in order to follow this guideline.

Can I return items to the Library?

Yes. All returns must be placed in the external drop boxes, which are open 24/7. The inside drop boxes are not available at this time.


  • Put your loose library items in the chute (no bags or boxes).
  • Expect items to remain checked out on your card for at least 72 hours while they are quarantined. No fines will accrue during quarantine time.
  • Donations are not accepted
  • Check the library website frequently for updates.
Are library materials “clean”?

All materials returned to the library will be quarantined for the recommended period of time before they are checked in and reshelved. When browsing, we ask that you place unwanted materials on the tables or carts provided; however we cannot guarantee that someone has not touched the materials on the shelves.

Are washrooms available?

 Yes. The public and accessible washrooms are available for use.

Are printing, copying, and faxing available? 

Yes. You can print from a library computer or your mobile device. Copy machines are self-serve for printing, copying, and faxing. Staff will assist if needed, and will ask you to step aside to maintain a 2 meter distance while they use the machine.

Will curbside pickup continue to be available? 

Yes. We will continue to offer this service to accommodate people who are not able or comfortable coming into a public space.

Can I hang out at the Library again, or come to study? 

No. Due to the limited number of people we can have in our space at any time, study, and leisure spaces are not available. Furniture has been moved and marked unavailable.

Are Library programs happening? 

A wide-range of programming opportunities for all ages will continue to be offered virtually at this time. Join us to brush up on your computer skills, build your child’s literacy skills, or take part in a special guest event.

Are the hackLABs available?

No. Not at this time. Given the need for social distancing and enhanced cleaning protocols of high touch surfaces, the Lakeshore and Cookstown hackLABs are not currently available. HackLAB programming opportunities and take-home kits are available through our “HackLAB at Home”. Please visit:

Is the Digital Media Lab available?

Yes. The Digital Media Lab is available for individual use with sessions limited to one 30 minute session per person, per day. You may call ahead to book, or drop-in. If the Lab is in use, you will need to wait. 

Are computers available?

Yes. A limited number of computers will be available, and sessions are limited to one 30 minute session per person, per day. You may call ahead to book one, or drop-in. If all computers are in use you may need to wait.

Is patio service still available?

Yes. You may continue to sit outside with your own device to use the wifi. A limited number of iPads will be available for use on the patio at the Lakeshore Branch in order to provide access to technology for those who should avoid public spaces at this time.

Can I access technology help? 

Staff can assist people in the Library Branches with using computers or mobile devices, but it will be a little different. We may ask you to move away from the device while we use it, or provide verbal instructions from a distance. Virtual tech help is available. You can visit: and select “Virtual Tech Help”.