The Township of South Algonquin Public Library
The Township of South Algonquin Library has two locations:
HOURS: Tuesdays 10 am to 3 pm and Thursdays 12 noon to 7 pm
Wi-Fi available 24/7
Both branches of the Township of South Algonquin Public Library will be re-opened for modified in-person services, effective Thursday July 8th, 2021. We look forward to seeing you. Curbside services are still available.
Please follow these simple rules to enjoy a safe library experience.
- Wear a mask & use hand sanitizer
- Keep your distance – 6 feet or 2m
- 15 minute time limit per patron
- 3 person limit inside the library
- Use shopping baskets
- Place any books removed from shelves into the quarantine basket – DO NOT RESHELVE BOOKS YOURSELF
- No public bathrooms
Hours & services may change without notice.
Interlibrary loans can be requested. Not all libraries are participating in interlibrary loans so we may not be able to fulfill all requests, but will do our best.
Both branches have 24/7, accessible book returns located at their exterior entrances. Please bag and return any outstanding items. Fines are waived at this time.
The Library Board is Looking for New Members
Are you interested in joining a dedicated group of volunteers who are working hard to ensure that our local libraries are growing and servicing residents effectively? Applications are being accepted for positions for the Township of South Algonquin Library Board.
To be a volunteer on a public library board in Ontario and in accordance with the Public Libraries Act, R.S.O. 1990, to qualify, an applicant must be:
- a Canadian Citizen
- at least 18 years of age
- a resident of the Township of South Algonquin
- not employed by the Township of South Algonquin
- not convicted of an indictable offence
For further information on board activities, please contact Charlene Alexander, the Head Librarian at 613-637-5471.
Persons interested in serving on the Township of South Algonquin Public Library Board should indicate their interest in writing to the undersigned no later than April 29th, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
PO Box 208
The Library Board is Looking for New Members 2021-03-18
Web Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)
Web OPAC is the Online Public Access Catalogue which allows members to use library services via the Internet.
With your library membership, you can access the collection by phone, email or Web OPAC, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Web OPAC provides access to the library collections and your account.
To use Web OPAC:
- Choose the Access link for your branch below
- Then enter your user name | for Whitney first.last with a period | for Madawaska first-last with a hyphen |
- Then enter your pin: last 4 digits of your library patron barcode
- Search and either select Reserve or you can add items to book bin, then email the book bin to your library branch.
You will be notified by email when your request is filled and ready for pickup.
Madawaska Patrons Access to Web OPAC
Whitney Patrons Access to Web OPAC
As members of the Township of South Algonquin Public Library, you have free access to OverDrive ebooks.
- Download the Libby app from the Over Drive Website.
- Find your library by searching “South Algonquin Public Library.”
- Select a title to borrow from your library digital collection. You’ll need a valid library card to complete this step.
If you do not have a library card, you may request one via email. We will need your name, mailing address and street address, email and phone number.
Disclaimer: Curbside pick-up, staffing, phone hours and other services may change at any time. Updates will be posted locally and on social media platforms as developments occur.
Over Drive Website
Ontario Parks Passes
The Township of South Algonquin Public Library has partnered with Ontario Parks to loan annual day-use permits to their patrons. Ontario Parks is committed to making our provincial parks more accessible. This program is one way we are helping more Ontarians to get outside and enjoy their local provincial park.
- Loan Period: One week, no renewals. Each patron may borrow once per month.
- Lost Passes: If a permit goes missing, Ontario Parks will not provide replacements.
Patrons will be responsible for replacement costs ($225 plus a $5 processing fee)
Patrons must be at least 18 years of age and have their library accounts in good standing.
The Township of South Algonquin Public Library has partnered with Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and Ontario Power Generation to provide rod, reel and tackle at no cost to our patrons. Equipment is available for one week at a time.
Initiated by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and proudly sponsored by Ontario Power Generation, the TackleShare Program gives new and young anglers the opportunity to go fishing at no cost. There are many barriers to introducing new anglers to fishing on today’s waters. TackleShare removes these barriers by providing the equipment and knowledge to get them started. Participating anglers simply sign out a rod and reel, as well as an assortment of tackle in the same way that they would borrow library material.
Books and other materials are available for loan to all persons with a valid membership card.
Public libraries are required by law to adhere to the Public Libraries Act, Revised Statutes of Ontario, 1990, chapter P44 which states in Section 23 that library boards shall allow the public to reserve and borrow circulation material free of charge.
The public includes all residents within the municipality for which the library board is established. Persons residing outside the area but owning property, working in, or attending schools in the area, shall be considered residents.
Library access is available to persons other than property owners, on the terms described below.
Library membership is free to residents of, and property owners in, the Township of South Algonquin.
Residents 12 years of age and under will be registered as junior members of South Algonquin Public Library. Parents or Guardians must co-sign the membership to acknowledge responsibility for use of library services and borrowed materials. Junior membership allows use of all aspects of the library’s collections and services.
Persons who do not reside, or own property, in the Township may obtain a library card for an annual, non-refundable fee.
Membership shall be granted to persons residing in the Township of South Algonquin on a temporary, seasonal or holiday basis. Both the temporary and the permanent address will be recorded in the library files. A fee will be collected, the amount of which will be equal to that of the Out-of-Township membership fee.
Annual fees for non-residents shall be set from time to time by the library board. Temporary/Out of town membership fees are now set at $10 for 3 months or $30 for the year. According to key ratio statistics from 2014, the per household contribution to the Library was $30 per year. This is a standard formula that many Ontario Libraries use to determine temporary fees.
Indigenous Awareness and Respect Policy
The Township of South Algonquin Public Library understands the need to recognize and embrace the principles of Truth and Reconciliation with Ontario’s Indigenous population, as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report.
Section 1: Declaration
With this understanding, the Township of South Algonquin Public Library acknowledges the First Peoples on whose traditional territories we live and work. We believe that acknowledging territory shows recognition of and respect for Indigenous Peoples, both in the past and the present. We believe that recognition and respect are essential elements of establishing healthy, reciprocal relations and are key to reconciliation.
The Township of South Algonquin Public Library will use this Acknowledgement Declaration at the beginning of all meetings held at the library.
We acknowledge that we are gathered on the unceded traditional territory of the Omaamiwininii Anishinaabeg (the Algonquin people). We acknowledge that the Algonquin people have been stewards of this land since time immemorial and as such we treat the land, its plants, animals, stories and people with honour and respect. Today, this land is home to Indigenous people from across Turtle Island, as well as many non-Indigenous peoples, and we acknowledge the shared opportunity to live and work within this beautiful territory.
Section 2: CollectionTownship of South Algonquin Public Library will provide collections relating to Indigenous cultures, languages, and peoples, including books, audio and video materials. Our collection will include titles by and about First Nation communities.
Section 3: ServicesTownship of South Algonquin Public Library will provide welcoming spaces and library services to Indigenous peoples, and share elements of First Nations culture with non-Indigenous persons.
Statement of Authority
The Township of South Algonquin Public Library operates under the authority of the Public Libraries Act and is established in accordance with the Public Libraries Act, Revised Statutes of Ontario, 1990 P.44. The library is under the management and control of the Township of South Algonquin Public Library Board which is a committee of the Council of the Township of South Algonquin.
The Board recognizes that the Act sets out procedures for the appointment of members of the Board, the number and qualification of members, terms of membership, disqualification of members, and vacancies on the Board.
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Agenda | Regular Meeting of The Board – February 8th, 2021 2021-02-08
Minutes | Regular Meeting of The Board – February 8th, 2021 2021-02-08
Agenda | Regular Meeting of The Board – March 8th, 2021 2021-03-08
Minutes | Regular Meeting of The Board – March 8th, 2021 2021-03-08
Agenda | Regular Meeting of The Board – April 6th, 2021 2021-04-06
Minutes | Regular Meeting of The Board – April 6th, 2021 2021-04-06
Agenda | Regular Meeting of The Board – May 3rd, 2021 2021-05-03
Minutes | Regular Meeting of The Board – May 3rd, 2021 2021-05-03