Library

The Township of South Algonquin Public Library

The Township of South Algonquin Library has two locations:

Madawaska

HOURS: Tuesdays 10 am to 3 pm and Thursdays 12 noon to 7 pm
Wi-Fi available 24/7

Cynthia Haskin, Branch Librarian
madawaskalibrary@southalgonquin.ca
613-637-1099 
26 A Major Lake Road
PO Box 130
Madawaska, Ontario •  K0J 1C0

Whitney

HOURS: Wednesdays 10 am to 3 pm and Thursdays 12 noon to 7 pm
Wi-Fi available 24/7

Charlene Alexander, CEO/Head Librarian
whitneylibrary@southalgonquin.ca
613-637-5471 
33 Medical Centre Road
PO Box 208
Whitney, Ontario • K0J 2M0

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Historical artifacts on display at the Madawaska Library, Township of South Algonquin

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Gnomes outside welcoming you to the Whitney Library, Township of South Algonquin

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A comfortable seating area and book shelves in the Whitney Library, Township of South Algonquin

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Newspaper article, Eganville Leader, May 31, 1978, about the Whitney Library, Township of South Algonquin. The Whitney medical centre/library complex is due for completion in mid-July [1978] with some outside work still to be done. All that remains to finish off the inside is some plumbing, wiring and interior decorating.

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Book shelves in the Madawaska Library, Township of South Algonquin

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The sign outside of the Madawaska Complex, listing the Madawaska Library, Township of South Algonquin

Front entrance to the Whitney Library in the Township of South Algonquin

Front entrance to the Whitney Library in the Township of South Algonquin

A shelf full of books in the Whitney Library, Township of South Algonquin

A shelf full of books in the Whitney Library, Township of South Algonquin

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The front entrance to the Madawaska Library, Township of South Algonquin

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The book check-out desk in the Madawaska Library, Township of South Algonquin

 

The Township of South Algonquin Public Library is open with modified services.

Interlibrary loans

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.

Book Returns

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.

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: first.last (name)
  • Then enter your pin: last 4 digits of 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

OverDrive Ebooks

As members of the Township of South Algonquin Public Library, you have free access to OverDrive ebooks.

  1. Download the Libby app from the Over Drive Website.
  2. Find your library by searching “South Algonquin Public Library.”
  3. 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

Memberships

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.

Resident Membership

Library membership is free to residents of, and property owners in, the Township of South Algonquin.

Junior Membership

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.

Out-of-Township Members

Persons who do not reside, or own property, in the Township may obtain a library card for an annual, non-refundable fee.

Temporary Membership

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.

Membership Fees

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: Collection

Township 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: Services

Township 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.