In accordance with the Ontario Public Libraries Act, Magnetawan Public Library provides user-oriented services and access to resources which respond to and anticipate the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the community.
The library is located within the municipal building at:
4304 North Sparks St.
Before the library was established as a Union Library, the collection was housed in variety of locations. First in Hazel Chamberlain´s Bake Shop which became in later years the "Banbury Cross". Books were provided by the Algonquin Regional Library out of Parry Sound with the assistance of Ray Smith and community member Gwen Dickie. Gwen then enlisted a group of eager volunteers: Mary Putman, Marj Fraser, Ruth Raaflaub, Pete Wurm, Jean Lorusso, Christine Raaflaub, Marilyn Raaflaub, Ruth Fraser, and others. The library was relocated to the Seniors Building shortly after it was built. Volunteers continued to operate the library until the Community Centre was built in 1982. The library then became a Union Public Library and received provincial funding. For more details please see the timeline
The Magnetawan Public Library's current collection includes over 10, 000 materials including books, videos, audiobooks, large print books, magazines, and digital material.
The adult fiction section includes a wide variety of authors and styles. All the latest bestsellers are here, as well as,award winning books, poetry, and classic novels.
Our non-fiction collection aims to be well-rounded and balanced. Some of our readers favorite items include: cookbooks, craft books, local history, and travel. Please visit our Adult Services page for more information on what we have to offer.
The children's fiction area includes books for readers of any age and ability. For the littlest ones we offer board books and easy reads. For primary grades we have many picture books as well as easy chapter books. Intermediate readers will enjoy the advanced picture book section and novels for young readers.
The Children's non-fiction section is designed to meet the needs of primary through to high school grades. Children can find books to help them with school science fair projects and reports, as well as books to compliment their interests such as sports, crafts, and animals. This section also includes great children's reference works such as the Junior Encyclopedia of Canada and junior dictionaries. Finally there is a French book section for students qui aiment lire en français!
Please visit the Kids page for more information on our children's services, including the summer reading club!
This section includes novels of special interest to 12-18 year olds. Highlights include bestselling series such as Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket, Heartland, and Travelling Pants and old favorites such as Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Babysitter's club, and Fear Street. The library now even has a few graphic novels! (ages 13+)
For more on our Young Adult services check out the Teens page.
The library currenty holds over 150 videos in a wide variety of genres including: Family movies, comedies, dramas, educational flicks, and classics. Beginning in 2008 the library will collect more DVDs to help serve you better!
Audiobooks, also known as Books on Tape and Talking Books, offer a whole new way to enjoy your favorite stories. Originally issued as an alternative media for the visually impaired these stories can be enjoyed by everyone! Available on cassette and CD they are great for long car trips or quiet Sunday afternoons at home. Our collection includes many bestselling mysteries and award winning stories.
The library has a steadily growing collection of DVDs along with almost 200 VHS videos. Along with great new releases and blockbuster hits, the collection includes many family movies, documentaries, independent films and classic films.
Thanks to many generous donations from the community, we have an excellent selection of large print books, including bestselling novels!
Our selection of current magazines includes Cottage Life, Home Workshop, National Geographic, CountryLife, and many more! Magazines can be enjoyed in the library or can borrowed.
For detailed information on all our collections please read our collection policy
Membership in the Magnetawan Public Library is free of charge to all residents and tax payers of the Municipality of Magnetawan, including cottage owners! To get a library card simply come to library during open hours with valid ID. Membership includes the right to borrow books, videos and other materials as well as access to our highspeed Internet, and special programs.
Non-residents must pay an annual fee of $10.00 to become a member of the Library. If here temporarily for the summer, non-resident patrons will be asked to provide a deposit of $20.00, refundable after all materials have been returned to the Library.
The library has two part-time staff members and many wonderful volunteers. Students are often employed during the busy summer months. For more information on volunteering or applying for a summer job please contact the Head Librarian.
Shirley Dorig - Chairperson
Sally Norman - Vice Chairperson
Bonnie Davidson - CEO / Librarian / Secretary
Jack Crossman - Council Representative
Richard Tucker - Member
Patricia Lake - Member