Huron County Library

October Odysseys Virtual Travel Series

Join us this October as four local residents share their experiences of the realities of traveling during a global pandemic – from being repatriated home while volunteering abroad, to working in the travel and tourism industry, to moving provincially and more. Register for any or all of the sessions below:

Virtual Writer Series: From First Draft to Published Works

Have you ever wondered what it takes to go from the first page of a first draft to a published book? Here’s your chance to find out! Over the course of this free virtual writer series, we’ll hear from six local authors as they share their own experiences of going from that first idea to completed work.
Register for any or all of the sessions below:

All Huron County Library branches re-open for in-branch services

The Huron County Library is pleased to announce that all 12 library branches have re-opened for limited in-branch services.

Limited services may include scheduled computer appointments, browsing, space bookings, and inside holds pick-ups. Given the unique design of each library space and the ever-evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, patrons are encouraged to contact their local branch to confirm hours and available services. For those of you not yet comfortable with visiting us indoors, curbside services will continue to be available at all branches.

In following the advice of public health authorities, the Huron County Library continues to make every effort to ensure visits to each branch is a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. As a result, we ask that you review the following information before visiting:

  • To accommodate physical distancing, the number of people allowed in each branch is limited. Once capacity has been reached, you may be asked to wait outside before you can enter the branch.
  • The hours and services at each branch do vary and are subject to change based on County of Huron, Huron Perth Public Health, and Provincial advisement. For a full list of branch hours and contact information, please visit: www.huroncounty.ca/library
  • If you are feeling unwell, we kindly ask that you visit us at another time.
  • According to Huron Perth Public Health guidelines, patrons are asked to wear a face covering at all times. Masks will be made available for those who may not have one.
  • Please follow the physical distancing rule of 2 metres.

For those of you who are unable to access your local branch at this time, a wide variety of online services continue to be available through the Huron County Library website. Gain online access to movies, e-books, audiobooks, magazines, music, genealogy resources, and more for free with your library card.

Visit huroncounty.ca/library or Huron County Library on Facebook for the most up-to-date information on our hours and services.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your local branch or email libraryadmin@huroncounty.ca.

Bayfield

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Blyth

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Brussels

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Clinton

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Exeter

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Goderich

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Hensall

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Howick

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Kirkton

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Seaforth

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Wingham

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Zurich

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Huron County Library will no longer quarantine returned materials

Starting June 18, the Huron County Library will no longer quarantine returned materials. As per regular library practice, materials will be processed upon return, helping us to get them put back into circulation as safely and quickly as possible.

Ending the practice of quarantining materials follows notification from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries of a change to the Province of Ontario’s Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen. The Huron County Library has confirmed with Huron Perth Public Health that we are following safe practices in the decision and we will continue to follow all public health guidelines for the health and safety of staff and patrons.

This positive step towards reopening will help improve library services for our patrons, free up space in our branches for the public once we are able to reopen, and streamline processes for our staff.

If you have any questions or concerns about this step, please email libraryadmin@huroncounty.ca.

 

Fine Free extended to end of 2021

The Huron County Library is pleased to announce that the Fine Free program has been extended to the end of 2021! While regular due dates will still apply, the Huron County Library recognizes that some of our patrons may not have the ability to return their items on time during these uncertain times. To ensure that all members of our communities continue to have access to our collections without fear of being penalized, all fines will be waived up until Dec. 31, 2021. Please note that Fine Free does not apply to fees related to lost or damaged items.

If you have any questions, please contact your local branch or Library Administration at 519.482.5457 or email libraryadmin@huroncounty.ca

 

cloudLibrary to discontinue desktop app

cloudLibrary has been working to enhance their web portal and, as a result, will discontinue the use of the desktop app for both PC and MAC computers by the end of December, 2020.

Patrons who wish to use e-readers (Kindle e-readers excepted), will now have to install Adobe Digital Editions on to their desktop computers, and visit the web portal to download their books for offline reading. This change will not affect cloudLibrary’s mobile apps.

For information about how to install Adobe Digital Editions and for more about the changes to access of e-books, click here.

If you require assistance, please contact your local branch or email librarynews@huroncounty.ca

COVID-19 Updates

Please note that all in-person programs, events, activities and group visits taking place at all Huron County Library locations are CANCELLED until further notice.

Should you require assistance, please contact Library Administration either by phone at 519.482.5457, and leave a message or by email at libraryadmin@huroncounty.ca.

Access to Ancestry Library Edition™ from home!

ProQuest and its partner Ancestry have temporarily expanded access to Ancestry Library Edition™ so our library card holders now have access from home! At-home access is available with your Huron County Library card until March 31, 2021.

Visit our Genealogy page or the Teens and Adults page to access the resource. You will need your library card number and PIN to sign in!

Online Registration for Temporary Library Card (Membership)

We’re now offering online registration for a temporary library card (membership)!

By getting a temporary library card (membership) you can access the majority of our online resources – from cloudLibrary to Tumblebooks and many in between.

As part of the introduction to online registration we’re giving new registrants access to both hoopla and Kanopy. (Note: if you’re not able to access Kanopy right away, please try again, as they are currently experiencing some technical difficulties). Access to these resources will be available to any new online registration during the closure due to COVID-19.

After this date it is recommended that you stop in at your local library branch and sign up for a physical library card (membership).

For more information about registering online for a temporary library card (membership), go to our “Get or Renew Library Membership” page.

cloudLibrary Now Available!

Huron County Library has switched from Overdrive to cloudLibrary! As of January 1, 2020, access to cloudLibrary is now available for Huron County Library card holders.

Sign up for our Seasonal Library Guide to keep up-to-date!

Want to stay up-to-date on programming in our library branches? Then sign up for our Seasonal Library Guide to be delivered to your inbox!

Send a quick email to librarynews@huroncounty.ca, with the subject line: Seasonal Library Guide and in the body of the email: I would like to receive the Huron County Library Seasonal Library Guide via email.

ServiceOntario at the Library

Have you ever lost your wallet and not known what to do about it? Are you moving and unsure what you need to do? Do you want to learn more about starting a business? Your local library branch and ServiceOntario can help.

The ServiceOntario website has a wide variety of information that ranges from what to do when you lose your wallet, when you are moving within Ontario, if you want to start your own business or need to apply for a birth, death or marriage certificate and much much more. Library staff can help first-time users of the site to find the information needed.