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.
Photo: Municipality of Grey Highlands
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.
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.
The Walter Harris Memorial Library is located on Walker Street opposite King Edward Park in Markdale.
Hanover Public Library
Photo: Hanover Public Library
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
Photo: Municipality of Meaford
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
Photo: Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library
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
Photo: GoogleThe 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
Photo: Town of Blue Mountains
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.
The Ayton Library is located on Alfred Street.
Photo: West Grey Public Library
The Durham Library is conveniently located on Garafraxa Street South in the town of Durham.
The Elmwood branch is a resource library is located at the St. John's Lutheran Church on Dirstein Street.
Photo: West Grey Public Library
The Neustadt Public Library is situated in a beautiful stone building located on Mill Street.