Huron County Library

Select locations now offering in-branch services

The Huron County Library is pleased to announce that Brussels, Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Wingham, and Zurich Libraries are now offering limited in-branch services.

While full access to each of these branches will not be available at this time, limited services may include scheduled computer appointments, curated or pre-arranged 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 call their local branch to confirm hours and available services. Curbside services will continue to be offered by appointment to anyone who prefers a contactless option.

In following the advice of public health authorities, the Huron County Library has made every effort to ensure visits to each branch is a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. As a result, things will look different since each branch last welcomed patrons through the doors. Here is what to expect:

  • To accommodate physical distancing, the number of people allowed in each branch is limited. Once capacity has been reached, you may need to wait outside before you can enter the branch.
  • The hours and services at each branch may vary and are subject to change based on County of Huron, Huron Perth Public Health, and Provincial advisement. Please call ahead to confirm branch hours and services currently available.
  • Computer appointments must be arranged in advance and will be scheduled for 45 minutes. There is a limit of one appointment per day per person and all computers are sanitized between each use.
  • Everyone is asked to complete a pre-screening form before entering, which includes collecting patron contact information and questions about COVID symptoms. Please visit us at another time if you are feeling unwell.
  • 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. There is directional signage throughout each branch to help guide you through the new space layouts.
  • For branches open for browsing, patrons are able to handle shelved materials, but are asked to place unwanted items in bins located in the branches for quarantining.
  • Please continue to use the book drop to return borrowed materials. All returned items will continue to be quarantined for 72 hours.

At this time, branches in Bayfield, Blyth, Hensall, Howick, Kirkton, and Seaforth will continue to offer curbside service by appointment. Patrons are also encouraged to continue to access the wide variety on online services made available through the Huron County Library website for free with your library card.

As hours and services are regularly being adjusted, visit huroncounty.ca/library or Huron County Library on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.

Please contact your local branch with any questions or email libraryadmin@huroncounty.ca.

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

Curbside only

11 am-4 pm

n/a n/a

Curbside only

11 am-4 pm

Blyth
Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
n/a

Curbside only

2-6 pm

n/a n/a n/a n/a

Curbside only

10 am-2 pm

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

Curbside only

1-4 pm

Branch open

10 am-1 pm

Branch open

4-7 pm

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

Branch open

1-4 pm

Branch open

10 am-1 pm

Branch open

2-6 pm

n/a n/a

 

Exeter
Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
n/a

Curbside only

3-6 pm

Branch open

1-4 pm

Branch open

1-4 pm

Branch open

3-6 pm

Branch open

1-4 pm

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

Branch open

12-4 pm

Branch open

10 am-2 pm

Branch open

2-6 pm

Branch open

10 am-2 pm

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

Curbside only

3-6 pm

n/a n/a n/a

Curbside only

10 am-1 pm

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

Curbside only

2-6 pm

n/a n/a

Curbside only

11 am-2 pm

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

Curbside only

3-6 pm

n/a

Curbside only

10 am-1 pm

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

Curbside only

1-4 pm

n/a

Curbside only

3-6 pm

n/a

Curbside only

11 am-2 pm

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

Branch open

12-5 pm

Branch open

10 am-3 pm

Branch open

2-6 pm

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

Branch open

1-4 pm

n/a

Branch open

3-6 pm

n/a n/a

COVID-19 Updates

Please note that all 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.

Fine Free extended to end of 2020 

The Huron County Library is pleased to announce that the Fine Free program has been extended to the end of 2020! The Library recognizes that some of our patrons may not have the ability to return items to our 12 branches 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, 2020. Please note that this only applies to items not returned by their due dates after the Libraries closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 17. 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

 

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!

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!

New! 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.