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More than just books, Grey County Public Libraries are community hubs providing services and programs for all ages

BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — Grey County Public Libraries offer access to a vast selection of books in print and audio format, but also provide a whole host of services and programs for all ages. Most of these are free of charge. Each library provides free computer access and wireless high speed internet for library members. Local history sections including genealogical information and local newspaper indexes add to an extensive selection of books. Fax, printing and photocopying services are available for a fee.

Grey Highlands Public Library

The Grey Highlands Public Library manages three branches within the municipality.

Flesherton Library

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The Flesherton Public Library is located on the corner of Toronto Road and Highland Drive. Recently built, the facility is a modern structure with large windows for a bright interior. A cozy fireplace, large meeting room and computer stations add to its amenities.

Kimberley Library

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The Kimberley Public Library is situated in the newly renovated Kimberley Hall in the beautiful Beaver Valley.Currently under construction, the library is closed until renovations are completed.


Walter Harris Memorial Library

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The Walter Harris Memorial Library is located on Walker Street opposite King Edward Park in Markdale.

Hanover Public Library

Hanover Public Library

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A full compliment of library materials are available at the Hanover Public Library located on 10th Avenue. First established in 1895, the Hanover Public Library is part of the Hanover Civic Centre which includes the historic Carnagie Library building circa 1912, Town Hall and Civic Theatre which were renovated in 1995.

Meaford Public Library

Meaford Public Library

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While construction of a new facility and location for the library is underway, the Meaford Public Library remains a popular resource for the community on Trowbridge Street in downtown Meaford.

Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library

Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library

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The Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library is a pivotal feature of the city. It is located in a historic building on the shore of the Sydenham River which cuts through Owen Sound's beautiful downtown. The library is a renovated Carnegie building dating from 1914. During the 1970s, an addition to the building which allowed for a more expansive facility.

Aside from thousands of books, this modern facility boasts research documents, magazines, career and skill building courses, a children's play area, computer resource section, eBooks, and many other helpful resources. Visitors can also use WiFi, computers, mobile apps, request materials, and rent rooms for outside functions.

Southgate Ruth Hargrave Memorial Library

Southgate Ruth Hargrave Memorial Library

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The Southgate Ruth Hargrave Memorial Library is situated on Proton Street in downtown Dundalk. As part of the library mission, staff allows each person to pursue their own cultural and learning goals, and to grow in understanding of their place in the community and the world. It is a welcoming, accessible place where all members of the community can enjoy guided access to literature, knowledge and entertainment.

The library offers a wide variety of resources beyond just books, from multimedia and genealogy archives, to public computer access, to community activities and more.

Blue Mountains Public Library

Blue Mountains Public Library

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The Blue Mountains Public Library (BMPL) celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020. BMPL is a multi-branch library system, with a thriving museum and gallery, that meets the ever-changing interests and needs of the diverse population. L. E. Shore Memorial Library is located on Bruce Street in Thornbury. The art gallery as an integral component of the facility. With over 250 exhibits to date and over 1,300 individual artists shown, the gallery has become an important hub for arts and culture in The Blue Mountains.

West Grey Public Library

Located in the heart of Grey County, the West Grey Public Library has four locations to serve the communities of Ayton, Durham, Elmwood and Neustadt.

Ayton Public Library

The Ayton Library is located on Alfred Street.

Durham Public Library

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The Durham Library is conveniently located on Garafraxa Street South in the town of Durham.

Elmwood Resource Library

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The Elmwood branch is a resource library is located at the St. John's Lutheran Church on Dirstein Street.

Neustadt Public Library

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The Neustadt Public Library is situated in a beautiful stone building located on Mill Street.


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