Library Updates on COVID-19

As of August 11, our Cookstown, Lakeshore and Stroud branches have reopened! Follow this page for updates and important info.

We’re happy to welcome you back to your library. Cookstown, Lakeshore and Stroud Branches are open for browsing, holds pick-ups, express computer access and use of printers. The “Browse, Borrow & Go” service will allow customers to access library collections, to find, check out and take home items off the shelves. Learn more about our new system.

Hours at the Cookstown and Lakeshore Branches remain 1:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday, and from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hours at the Stroud Branch will remain 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. When you enter the Library, please follow the directional arrows. Please be aware that, due to capacity limits, wait times may occur.  

We encourage the community to continue taking advantage of the services we currently offer, including:

Curbside Pick Up 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. 

Continued Reopening Plans Underway

Public libraries are included in 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 incorporates 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.

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.

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.