Library Closure

July 9, 2020 update

Library is open for curbside pick-up only, library building to remain closed to public.

While the Ontario Government announced that the restrictions Niagara Region have been lifted for stage 2 effective June 19, 2020, at this time the Grimsby Public Library will continue to offer curbside pick-up only. The building is remaining closed for now.

Please continue to stay tuned for updates, we will announce any changes to our services on our website and social media!

June 5, 2020 update

The Grimsby Public Library is now offering curbside pick-up

The Grimsby Public Library is pleased to announce that we are now offering curbside pick-up! Curbside pick-up is for holds only, which are placed through our online catalogue.

We are so excited to be getting physical books into the hands of our patrons again, and we have put procedures in place to ensure your safety and ours.

Go to our curbside pick-up page for more details

As of Friday, June 5, 2020, please be aware of the following:

  • Curbside pick-up is available through our online catalogue
  • Our item return box is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday
  • Donations are not being accepted
  • The Grimsby Public Library facility is closed
  • You will not be charged fines for overdue items at this time
  • Interlibrary Loan service has not restarted

Other news:

Learn about other Town of Grimsby closures

Online library

Use your library card to access our free Online Library during the closure to download e-books, movies, TV shows, magazines, use educational databases and more. Download the apps or use on your computer. We will be adding extra books to our cloudLibrary collection and have temporarily added Tumblebooks databases to the collection.

Go to Online Library

Service and program disruptions

The following programs and services are suspended:

  • Visiting library
  • Book Club in a Bag
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Class and library visits
  • Computer, printing access
  • Seed library
  • All library programs and events

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still use the library?

Yes, however we are now offering curbside pick-up only

Can I get a library card?

Yes. If you’ve lost your card, or need a new card, please email us at We will get one set up for you.

A new card will allow you to access resources and library apps from our online library while we are closed.

Can I renew the items I have checked out?
Yes, as long as there is no one on the waiting list for the item. We will not be charging fines on items during the closure though, so please keep them for longer if you like.
Can I still return items?
Yes, our dropbox is now open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Can I place holds on library items?
Yes, you can place holds through our online catalogue and pick them up when we notify you via curbside pick-up.
Can I still submit interlibrary loan requests? 
Yes, but please know that any requests you submit will remain pending in backlog until we reopen, when the one-request-per-week rule will resume. If you prefer, you can hold off submitting requests until we reopen.
Can I contact the library to ask questions?
Yes. Please call us Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email us at if you have any questions.
How do I access the library's online resources?

Go to our Online Library page to learn more about accessing our online resources. You can download apps for some, others are accessible on your computer. They are all free, and all you'll need is your library card, internet access and/or PIN number.

If you have any questions about how to access any of our online resources, please call the library at 905-945-5142. Staff will be there to take your calls between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.

Is the Grimsby Author Series cancelled or postponed?

It is with extreme regret that we write to announce the cancellation of the Grimsby Author Series Spring Season as a result of the ongoing CoVID-19 pandemic.  We would like to thank all of you for your support, understanding and patience as we considered the options of postponement vs. cancellation. We know how disappointing this is and we are very sorry, however, we feel that this is the only responsible decision we can take at this time.   

An enormous amount of work has gone in to the organization and preparation of this event. The Grimsby Author Series is not only a well regarded and much anticipated event, it is also the main fundraiser for the Grimsby Public Library each year.  As such the decision to cancel was not made lightly, rather it was made with the health and safety and best interests of our attendees, authors, volunteers and staff in mind.


In these special circumstances, the library will be issuing refunds.  This process will be different depending on where/how you purchased your tickets.

  • Online ticket holders will be refunded the ticket price only through Eventbrite. The ticket price will be refunded directly to the card used for the purchase.
  • Tickets purchased at the library:
    • Please retain your tickets  and bring them to the library (once we reopen) in order to arrange for a cheque to be issued to refund you the package cost
    • Tickets must be produced to allow for a refund to be processed.
  • McMaster Alumni ticket holders will be refunded the ticket price directly from McMaster Almuni. 

Donate to the Library

The Grimsby Public Library depends on the funds from the Grimsby Author Series to be able to provide services, purchase collections and to offer programming to our community.  Unfortunately, this means that the cancellation of the Spring 2020 season will have a significant negative impact on the library’s budget.  If you are in a position to donate back the price of your ticket package we would be very grateful.  The Grimsby Public Library is a registered charity and would gladly accept your donation through  Thank you for your consideration.

Donate to the Grimsby Public Library

Fall 2020 Season

Meanwhile, the Grimsby Author Series Steering Committee is busy planning a wonderful lineup of authors for the Fall 2020 series.  However, we will continue to monitor and follow the best advice of Public Health officials and our government leaders to ensure that it is safe to proceed in September.  Along with you, we look forward to being able to gather again in celebration of talented Canadian Authors. 
Thank you for your ongoing support during this challenging time.  We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well.  We look forward to seeing you all again in the fall. 


We have added many Grimsby Author Series titles to cloudLibrary so you can read them at home. Just download the cloudLibrary app on your phone, tablet or computer to check them out or go on the waitlist.

What online resources are available?
View our menu of online resources on our Online Library page.
When will the library reopen?
The Library building is closed until further notice. We do not currently have a reopen date. Keep checking this page or our social media channels for updates.
Will I be charged fines for items I can't return or renew? 
No. We will not be charging fines for overdue items. Please return items once we reopen, and we will ensure no fines are added to your account.
Will cancelled library programs be rescheduled?
Some programs will remain cancelled and some will be rescheduled. If you were signed up for a program that was cancelled, you will be informed about cancellations or a rescheduled date.


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