Library Closure

The Grimsby Public Library is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently our closure dates are:

  • Friday, March 13 to Sunday April 5
  • This is subject to change. Please keep checking this page for updates

This decision was made to protect the health and safety of our community and staff. We apologize for the inconvenience and we thank you for your understanding. 

Learn about other Town of Grimsby closures

We will continue to monitor this evolving situation. You can follow us on our social media channels for updates.

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, but only online. The physical library is currently closed so you can not access our physical collections, however you can still access the online library from home to download e-books, movies, TV shows, magazines and more. All you need is your library card and internet access.

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 Friday. Or, your can email us at gen-library@grimsby.ca.

Can I get a library card?

Yes. If you’ve lost your card, or need a new card, please call 905-945-5142 (between 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday) or email gen-library@grimsby.ca. 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 outdoor drop-box is currently open if you would like to return your items. We will not be charging fines on items during the closure, so please keep them for longer if you like.
Can I place holds on library items?
Yes, you can place holds through our online catalogue. You can go on the hold list for library items, but you will not be able to pick them up until after we reopen. You will be contacted when they are ready for 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 call the library to ask questions?
Yes. Staff will be there to take your calls between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Please call the library at 905-945-5142.
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 Friday.

Is the Grimsby Author Series cancelled or postponed?

The Grimsby Author Series event on March 31 with Laurie Petrou and Emily St. John Mandel is being postponed due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus. Please hold on to your tickets as they will be honoured once we reschedule. Date is to be determined. For now, other spring 2020 events will go ahead as scheduled, but this may change if required.

Stay tuned to our social media channels and website for more details as they emerge. Sign up for our enewsletter to get up-to-date information as it becomes available.

What online resources are available?
View our menu of online resources on our Online Library page.
When will the library reopen?
Tentatively, our reopen date is Monday, April 6. However, this could change as the situation evolves. 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 the items I currently have on hold be there when you reopen?
Yes. We are keeping all holds that were processed before the closure ready for when we reopen. They will be available for 5 business days after we reopen.  
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.

 

To learn more email us or call 905-945-5142 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

 

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