The Grimsby Public Library Board

Town Council appoints a 10-member board to govern the Grimsby Public Library. The board is responsible for making policies for the operation of the library, obtaining appropriate funding for library materials, services and programs, and for promoting the library in the community. The board members volunteer for a four-year term that runs concurrent with the term of Town Council. For more information, please email the Chief Librarian, or call her at 905-309-2065. The Grimsby Public Library Board operates under the authority of the Ontario Public Libraries Act R.S.O. 1990, chapter P.44 and obeys the Grimsby Public Library Board procedural by-laws

Strategic Plan

The Grimsby Public Library's Strategic Plan outlines key goals and objectives for the period of 2022 to 2025. The Strategic Plan will help ensure that the Library continues to evolve and keep pace with our growing community.


Inspiring lifelong learning by providing support and resources to enrich and connect our community.


Integral to the fabric of our community, an evolving destination for literacy, learning and leisure.


  • Community Outreach and Library Advocacy: We strive to offer valuable services and raise awareness of the place of connection that libraries create in the community.

  • Responsive and Responsible Service: We recognize and adapt to the unique needs within our community.  We are committed to delivering flexible, environmentally responsible resources, programs, and services that help everyone use the library in an accessible way.

  • Intellectual Freedom: We uphold the library’s commitment to Intellectual Freedom as presented in the Canadian Federation of Library Association’s Statement on Intellectual Freedom and Libraries. 

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: We advocate for the rights of individuals, striving to create a safe, respectful and welcoming environment.  We commit to learning and development through ongoing training.

  • Literacy, Learning and Innovation: We are committed to providing the space, access and resources necessary to nurture life-long learning through materials, information, technology and programs.  We strive to foster the joy of reading at every age.

Strategic directions

The following are the Grimsby Public Library's three main strategic directions for the period of 2022 to 2025.

 Strategic Direction One: Inclusivity


  1. Invite and encourage training and programming reflecting diverse voices 

  2. Provide respectful and accessible communications

  3. Alleviate barriers: ensuring the library is a welcoming space 

  4. Ensure collections, programming and services are continually audited through a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion

 Strategic Direction Two: Community Engagement


  1. Increase brand awareness through community partnerships, outreach and media exploration 

  2. Create a culture of philanthropy and advocacy
  3. Inspire a lifelong journey of learning, literacy and leisure within the community and spark the joy of reading at all ages

  4. Encourage volunteerism

 Strategic Direction Three: Innovative Service


  1. Cultivate multipurpose spaces

  2. Investigate ways to expand physical and digital offerings within our growing community

  3. Make decisions guided by environmental sustainability 

  4. Build a culture of flexibility, so the library can meet diverse and evolving needs of our patrons and community

If you would like to provide feedback or have questions about our current Strategic Plan, fill out our feedback survey.

Board policies, reports and board members

The dropdown menus below contain the Grimsby Public Library's policies and reports.

Annual Reports

*If you require an accessible version, please contact the library* 

Audited Financial Statements
View our 2022 Audited Financial Statements
Board Meetings

Library Board meetings are open to the public. The Library Board usually meets at the Grimsby Public Library on the second Wednesday of each month from September to June at 6:30 p.m. Check out Library Calendar for upcoming Library Board meetings. 

Find Library Board agendas and minutes on the Town of Grimsby website. Agendas and minutes from past years are archived online.

 Library Board 
  • Deirdra Burke - Board Chair
  • Hannah Skinner - Vice Chair
  • Margaret Bowman
  • Carrie deRoo
  • Erica Noordermeer
  • Kim Palios
  • Alyssa Seul 
  • Brian Smith
  • Councillor Veronica Charrois
  • Councillor Don Howe

Library Policies

Accessibility Policy
Board Assessment Policy
Code of Conduct Policy
Collection Management Policy
Conduct, Duties, and Responsibilities of Individual Board Members Policy
Display Policy
Disconnect from Work Policy
Electronic Monitoring Policy
Employee Code of Conduct, Performance and Disciplinary Action Policy
Grimsby Author Series Policy
Inclement Weather and Unscheduled Closure Policy
Internet and Technology Use Policy
Lending Policy
Planning Policy
Privacy Policy
Procurement Policy
Programming Policy
Recruitment and Selection Policy
Rights of Children and Teens Policy
Safety and Conduct of Children in the Library Policy
Social Media Policy
Succession Planning Policy
Volunteer Policy

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