2019 Book Sale Donations

We are gearing up for the book sale this fall, and we are fortunate that we have secured the same location as the last few years for the sale. Donations for the sale will be accepted from August 6 until October 8, so start getting your contributions ready. Drop off at the Huron St. site any day from Monday-Saturday between 2-5pm starting on Tuesday, August 6. Drop-offs are not available on Sundays and Labour Day. Donations may also be dropped off at any branch of the Guelph Public Library during their open hours after August 5. For a list of what we accept or do not accept please go to our book sale donations page.


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.


You can be a Program Volunteer!

Would you like to be a real friend of the Guelph Public Library?  Become a Program Volunteer!  Attend Guelph Public Library programs and give the staff a hand. This new volunteer opportunity is open exclusively to members of the Friends of the Guelph Public Library. For more information about how to get involved visit our Program Volunteer page.


Get Ready for Guelph Reads! 2019

Join our panelists on February 27, 2019 at 7pm at the Main Library for an evening of friendly competition to choose the next book for Guelph to read. Click on the “Guelph Reads!” button to find out which books will be defended by panelists John Borthwick, Aggie Mlynarz, and Judith Yan.


You can still have your say if you missed the January 15 workshops

If you missed the workshops on January 15, but would still like to give some feedback about the vision and mission of the Baker District redevelopment project, workshop content will be online at haveyoursay.guelph.ca by January 21.

About the project
The Baker District redevelopment is a City of Guelph project aimed at transforming the existing parking lot and properties fronting the north end of Wyndham Street into a unique mixed-use development, including a new central Guelph Public Library.

The Downtown Secondary Plan envisions the district becoming a model of urban intensification that drives visitors to the downtown and encourages business to thrive within its boundaries by combining residential and commercial/institutional spaces. The project also includes public parking and an urban square.

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….
Martin Jewitt
Program Manager, Portfolio Development
Business Development and Enterprise
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3360


Thank you!

…To our dedicated volunteers, nearly 200 of them!

…To our sponsors, donors, and suppliers

…To the neighbourhood around the sale, the city of Guelph and surrounding areas

…To the faithful shoppers who return year after year

Thank you for another successful sale – $118,000 raised this year.

Let’s do it again in 2019!

Another generous donation!

Jenn Haines, who owns the Dragon book store here in Guelph, has donated about 1500 like-new graphic novels of all kinds for all ages of reader. These will be in a separate display at the book sale. We are profoundly indebted to Jenn for this incredibly generous donation!