Huron County Library

Huron County Library branches to resume curbside services as province announces Ontario-wide shutdown

Please be informed that all Huron County Library branches will be modifying services in light of the recent provincial announcement that all regions in Ontario will enter into shutdown starting April 3, 2021, due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. As per the announcement, all branches will revert back to offering curbside service by appointment only and will be closed to all in-person browsing, computer use, space bookings, and in-person programming until further notice.

Throughout this time, library patrons will continue to have full access to the library’s online catalogue to place holds on materials for pick-up at their local branch. To place holds on items for pick-up, please visit the library’s online catalogue or call your local branch for assistance. Once your selected items are available, staff will contact you to make arrangements for pick-up. Borrowed materials should continue to be returned at any library book drop, which will remain open. All returned materials are placed in quarantine for at least 72 hours before being checked in and put back into circulation. Due to this procedure, there will be a longer waiting period between loans, and they will not be cleared off your list of checkouts until this quarantine period ends. If you are unable to return borrowed items at this time, you will not incur any fines as Fine Free will continue throughout 2021.

All Huron County Library card holders can also access all of our online services, including cloudLibrary, Kanopy, Hoopla, Ancestry and more!

If you require any assistance with placing holds on materials, accessing online services, or renewing or setting up a new library card, please call your local branch during operating hours – branch staff are available to help!

To stay up-to-date on the latest developments in regards to branch hours and services, please follow the Huron County Library on Facebook or visit huroncounty.ca/library.

Bayfield

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Curbside

12-4 pm

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Curbside

12-4 pm

Blyth

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
n/a

Curbside

2-6 pm

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Curbside

10 am-2 pm

Brussels

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
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Curbside

1-4 pm

Curbside

10 am-1 pm

Curbside

3-6 pm

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Clinton

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
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Curbside

1-4 pm

Curbside

10 am-1 pm

Curbside

2-6 pm

n/a

Curbside

10 am-2 pm

 

Exeter

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
n/a

Curbside 

3-6 pm

Curbside

1-4 pm

Curbside

1-4 pm

Curbside

3-6 pm

Curbside

1-4 pm

n/a

 

Goderich

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
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Curbside

12-4 pm

Curbside

10 am-2 pm

Curbside

2-6 pm

Curbside

10 am-2 pm

n/a

Hensall

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
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Curbside

3-6 pm

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Curbside

10 am-1 pm

Howick

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
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Curbside

2-6 pm

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Curbside

11 am-2 pm

Kirkton

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
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Curbside

3-6 pm

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Curbside

10 am-1 pm

Seaforth

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
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Curbside

1-4 pm

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Curbside

3-6 pm

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Curbside

11 am-2 pm

Wingham

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
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Curbside

11 am-5 pm

Curbside

10 am-3 pm

Curbside

2-7 pm

Curbside

10 am-3 pm

n/a

Zurich

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
n/a n/a

Curbside

1-4 pm

n/a

Curbside

2-6 pm

n/a n/a

Ontario Parks Day-use Permits

Ontario Parks is providing free day-use permits for Huron County Library patrons to explore their network of provincial parks through to the end of 2021. Visit our online catalogue or contact your local branch to place a hold on a permit that will give you day-use access to any provincial park, including those closest to home, Point Farms and Pinery Provincial Parks. Permits can be borrowed for one week and cannot be renewed – patrons will be charged $50 and have their accounts blocked for lost permits  The permit entitles one vehicle (excluding buses) and its occupants to enter any provincial park subject to park regulations. Please be sure to visit the Ontario Parks website for the most up-to-date information about park locations, hours of operation, and closures before venturing out.   

 

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.

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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.