Springtime Speaker Series

Who are the Friends of the Guelph Public Library?

We are an arms-length group of community volunteers who believe that the Guelph Public Library is a necessary & vital community institution.

We support the goals of the Library.

We volunteer to make a great library even better.

We promote the Library in the community through special programs, fundraising, and advocacy.

Our main fundraiser is our annual GIANT book sale.

To date the sale has raised more than $730,000 to assist the library with current programming and to be available for use when a new main library is re-built.


Public Meeting – Baker District/Library Plan Update – May 29

Baker District open house shows updated library, urban square design

You’re invited to attend one of two open houses as we show how the community’s feedback, to date, has influenced the evolution of the Baker District redevelopment project.
The open houses are on Wednesday, May 29 from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm in the Co-operators Hall and Canada Company Hall (respectively) at River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich St. Both sessions are the same, with a short presentation at 2:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
The open house and presentation focus on the north block of the redevelopment area, including the new central library and urban square design. You’ll also have an opportunity to see how the redevelopment’s sustainability goals have progressed since the January 15 public workshop.
Come talk with City staff and members of the Windmill Development Group and Invizij teams about the project, and let us know if the library and urban square design reflects feedback you’ve provided so far.
Specifically, we’re asking:
·         Does the library program provide the types of services you expect from a central library?
·         Does the urban square provide the types of experiences you expect from a civic space?
·         Does the sustainability plan reflect your green goals and ambitions for Baker District?
Workshop content will be posted online at haveyoursay.guelph.ca by May 31 with an opportunity to provide comments.
To learn more about the Baker District redevelopment project, visit guelph.ca/bakerdistrict or to participate in engagement activities, visit haveyoursay.guelph.ca.
For more information
Helen Loftin, General Manager
Business Development and Enterprise Services
519-822-1260 extension 3567

Act Now! Sign the petition to return funding to SOLS, OLS-North

Effective Friday, April 26, you will no longer be able to get inter-library loans through the Guelph Public Library.  The drivers who move materials among all of the libraries in the southern Ontario region will be laid off and the service shut-down, the result of a 50% Ontario government budget cut to the service provider, SOLS (Southern Ontario Library Service).

You can help reverse this short-sighted decision.

Sign the Change.org petition


Guelph Reads!…and the winners are…

After a one-year hiatus, Guelph Reads!, sponsored by the Friends of the Guelph Public Library, returned to the main Library on February 27 and was greeted by a substantial, supportive audience despite the stormy weather.

Moderated by Anne Mackay, the panel of prominent Guelph citizens included Guelph Symphony conductor, Judith Yan; recent local politician Aggie Mlynarz; and Rev. John Borthwick, the minister of St. Andrew’s Church.

They supported, respectively, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq,  and Seven Fallen Feathers  by Tanya Talaga.

All three panel members agreed that all three books are outstanding and should be on everyone’s ‘must read’ list; and in a first for Guelph Reads! the audience vote resulted in a tie for ‘first read’ between Split Tooth and Seven Fallen Feathers.


13th Annual FGPL Book Sale

October 25, 26, 27, 2019

Location to be determined

Total raised in 2018 – $118,000
Grand total to date – $745,000 !