What is Your Vision for the Guelph Public Library?

What is your vision for the Guelph Public Library? How do you use the current facilities? The Guelph Public Library needs your help to articulate a new strategic plan for 2018 – 2022. This is your opportunity to let the library know how you use your library, how you find out about what’s going on, and what you would like to see offered in the future. YOUR input into this process is critical as this is YOUR community library!

A short, online survey is available until August 31, 2017 at


Can you help?

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com

Volunteers are still needed on Thursday, Aug. 24, Friday, Aug. 25 and Monday, Aug. 28 to help set up the sale site. If you think you can help please click the button to get to the Volunteer sign up. Thanks!


Donations are needed now, please!

Donations for this year’s sale will be gratefully accepted again from Aug. 8 – Oct. 10, 2017.

Your clean, gently used, boxed items can be dropped off at the sale site, 69 Huron St., every day from Mon. to Sat. from 2-5pm.

Note: Donations may not be made on Sundays or Holiday Mondays.

You may also drop off your donations at any branch of the Guelph Public Library during their business hours from Aug. 8 to Oct 10.

To learn more about what kind of donations are needed please click here.

Baker St. – Special City Council Meeting – Monday, July 17 at 5:30pm

Guelph City Council will be holding a Special Council Meeting on Monday, July 17th in the City Hall Council Chambers, starting at 5:30pm. The subject of the meeting is the latest report of recommendations concerning development of the Baker St. parking lot site. If you can attend this meeting please try to do so, and if you wish to speak about the library at the meeting please register as a delegate before 10:00am on Friday, July 14.

Here is a link to the agenda and report being tabled.

This link will step you through how to register as a meeting delegate.

This project is by no means a “done deal” – there is still time to have your say, and to show the City Council that a new main library is still a high priority! An article in this week’s Guelph Mercury-Tribune suggests that while the City is being urged to make this redevelopment proposal a top priority, a library may be only one institutional use under consideration by the developer.  Surely, the main library should be at the head of the line by now.

Please try to attend. If you are unable to attend send an email to the Mayor and City Councillors to state your continued support for a new main library on the Baker St. site.

Guelph Reads! And the 2017 winner is…

Well, it was a pretty even match, and the audience reacted just about equally enthusiastically to Jenn Haines’ choice, Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel, The Underwater Welder and Sara Sayyed’s selection, Alexis Andre’s The Hidden Keys.

A huge thanks goes to all of the panelists – Jenn, Sara, Marty Williams and Butch Carter (who was not able to attend at the last moment), for their spirited promotion of the books they selected. Thanks, too, to Marva Wisdom for another great outing as the evening’s moderator, and to Alan Pickersgill for organizing the event again this year.

So…Guelph. How about you read all of them!

Andre Alexis – The Hidden Keys

Martyn Burke – Music for Love or War

Jeff Lemire – The Underwater Welder (graphic novel)

Eric Walters – Walking Home


The 2017 Book Sale is ON!

We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Book Sale will take place at the same site used last year for this event. The sale will occur the weekend of October 20-22, 2017 at 69 Huron St. Donations will be received beginning in early August. We are, once again, extremely grateful to the Wood family for their generosity and support.

For more about the annual book sale please click here.

Lend us your brains!

We need your imagination. Help us to develop new and innovative projects, programs and services that would support our Guelph Public Library.

We are having a brainstorming session on Thursday, May 25th, for one hour beginning at 4:30pm in the program room on the second floor of the Main Library, 100 Norfolk St.

No special experience or knowledge is required. We will provide you with a 1-page backgrounder to help you think about future projects. You will also get a list of potential projects that you can rate for us.

If you have questions about this invitation or would like to participate please rsvp to: paulyoung@rogers.com or phone/text 519-821-2793. Please leave your name and contact information. Beyond this brainstorming session, no further involvement will be asked of you unless you want it. For now we just want your thoughts and ideas.

The Friends of the Guelph Public Library is continually looking for potential projects to develop. We currently list the following as programs delivered by our members:

  • giant used booksale (over $500,000 raised so far in support of the GPL)
  • made the lead gift of $10,000 to establish the Library’s endowment fund.
  • supported the cost of two pieces of library-related art.
  • funded the purchase of the new cell phone charging unit in the main library.
  • supported the cost of the internal fittings for the new bookmobile.
  • agreed to fund a program to provide library packages including board books for each of the more than 1,600 babies born in Guelph every year.

No potential project idea is too small or large. Projects may be programs that we independently run or events that we develop in conjunction with the Library. They should have a target audience or beneficiary. Projects may have a strong partnership with other organizations/agencies. They could be a continuing annual/monthly program/event/contribution or a one off. They could have a fundraising component, or be solely for the enjoyment and benefit of participants.

We look to you for your experience and imagination to help us grow, make our organization even more relevant and valuable. The scope of potential projects is:
‘learning, experiencing and growing together’.

For more information or to sign up contact: Paul Young paulyoung@rogers.com; phone/text 519-821-2793

The book sale needs a new home

The 2016 Friends of the Library book sale took place in the very large warehouse facility at 69 Huron St owned by the W.C.Woods family. The Friends are grateful to the Woods family for allowing us to use that space.
When the sale ended, we had reason to hope that we might be able to use the same site again in 2017. That possibility has not been eliminated entirely; however it cannot be confirmed at this time, and it has been suggested that we would be wise to seek another location.
We need to have the sale site confirmed no later than June 1 to allow planning to proceed, as hands-on sale preparation begins in early August. Time is, therefore, short for us to find another location. We hope there is someone reading this who has a connection that will assist us in our search. It would be disappointing in the extreme to have to cancel the sale after ten increasingly successful years.

The situation is as follows:

   We need a minimum of 20,000 sq. ft. of ground level space (we used 30,000 in 2016) with washroom facilities, reasonably good lighting and a loading door. We need this space for at least the months of September and October and preferably also for the month of August.

  We are insured by the City of Guelph, and we are good and responsible tenants, as previous hosts will attest. We leave things completely cleaned up and in at least as good condition as we received them.

  We cannot afford to pay rent, but we are a registered charity and could offer a tax receipt. Helpful leads will be very much appreciated.

Virginia Gillham, Chair
Friends of the Guelph Public Library

Guelph Reads!

Join us on Wednesday, May 24 at 7:00pm

at the Main Library, 100 Norfolk St.

Click on the image above for more details about this year’s 4 panelists and the books they will be defending

……and then tell your friends!


AGM – April 19

Friends of the Guelph Public Library -- Annual General Meeting 

Save the Date! April 19, 2017

The Friends of the Guelph Public Library Annual General Meeting will take place in the second-floor meeting room of the main library, on Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30 pm.

In keeping with our normal format, the business meeting will be brief and will be followed by the appointment of an honorary member who has been an enormous benefactor, and then a featured speaker you will definitely want to hear.

The featured speaker will be Jim Estill, who has been central to refugee support initiatives in Guelph over the past two years.  He will update us on the current situation and answer your questions on this crucial subject. Enjoy this recent Rogers TV-Durham "Daytime" interview with Denise Marek.