October 28, 2020

The library is pleased to announce that limited computer services, microfilm reader access, and printing and photocopying services are now available - more details can be found on our Browse, Borrow, & Go service page. Please note that internet sessions are limited to 45 minutes per day, and session times begin on the hour. Registration is required, and pre-booking your internet time is strongly recommended. Please call 519-539-4801 to reserve your internet time, or speak to staff at the Information desk on the second floor.

October 21, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and wellbeing of the public and library staff, the Library has recently made changes to its screening process to align with other municipal site in Woodstock. All persons entering the building will be asked a series of screening questions provided by Southwest Public Health. Persons may be asked to access library services remotely if they do not meet the screening requirements. We thank you in advance for your patience as we navigate through this phase of our reopening plan. Please visit our Browse, Borrow, & Go page here for further information on accessing library services.

September 11, 2020

Recent studies on COVI-19 and library materials have resulted in changes to the quarantining timeline for returned items. Effective immediately, all library returns will be quarantined for one week to ensure the safety of staff and the public, before they are checked-in. Please contact the library at 519-539-4801 if you have questions about your library account.


July 31, 2020: Face Coverings in the Library

As per the directive from the Medical Officer of Health, face coverings are now mandatory while visiting the library, unless exempted. Click here for more information on this directive from Southwestern Public Health. Click here for more information on our Browse, Borrow, & Go Library Service.

July 22, 2020: Announcing Browse, Borrow & Go Library Service

On Monday July 13th, Premier Ford announced the implementation of Stage 3 of the government’s pandemic recovery plan to re-open the province.

The Woodstock Public Library has been planning for this eventuality. Beginning on Wednesday July 29th, the Library will once again invite the community into the building and offer a “browse-borrow-and-go” service model.  The re-opening will comply with the restrictions identified by the Province to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff.

Once the Library re-opens, there will be a limit on the number of patrons allowed in the building at a time. Social distancing will be required on library premises, and as a courtesy to other patrons and library staff, patrons will be requested to wear a face covering while in the building.

The Library will continue to quarantine returned items, and some areas of the building will be restricted to staff only. Given the capacity restrictions, our public seating, study carrels and public internet computers won’t be available at this time. The Library will continue to offer items on holds for pick-up within the lobby of the building.

For more information, please contact the Woodstock Public Library at 519-539-4801 or at https://www.mywpl.ca/browse-borrow-go

July 15, 2020: Update from the Library CEO

To our Patrons,


As the Province enters into Stage 3 of re-opening, Woodstock Public Library has decided not to re-open the library building until we are confident we can provide a safe and efficient library service for both patrons and staff.

We are working hard on a re-opening plan that meets both provincial and local health guidelines, and we look forward to sharing this information with you soon.

In the meantime, we will continue to offer our popular curbside hold pick-up service for library materials.

Please continue to monitor our website where we will share updates as they become available.


Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to welcoming you again as soon as we are able to do so safely!


David Harvie
Library CEO


June 19, 2020: Enhanced Curbside Pickup Service

Starting Tuesday, June 23rd, patrons will be able to pick up library holds during pre-scheduled pickup times as well as during drop in pickup hours. Hold notification emails will resume on Monday, June 22nd. Please see our curbside pickup information for more details.

June 10, 2020: Update from the Library C.E.O

On the afternoon of Monday June 8th, the Province released Stage 2 of its plan for re-opening Ontario. This plan features the conditions and restrictions for the re-opening of public libraries buildings starting Friday, June 12th.

Woodstock Public Library has reviewed the new conditions and restrictions in relationship to the library’s pandemic recovery plan and our current curb-side pick-up service.  Curb-side pick-up at the Library has been very successful to date. In the past two weeks, there were 393 pick-ups, representing 3,480 items, and numerous positive comments from patrons.

Due to a number of factors, the Library feels that re-opening the building to the public is premature and will not improve our current service to the community. Therefore, the Woodstock Public Library will not be re-opening to the public this Friday, or in the near future, until we can provide an effective and efficient library service within the provincial restrictions, that is safe for both patrons and staff. 

In the meantime, the Library will continue to fine-tune and expand our curb-side pick-up service. Patrons can place holds on items via our online catalogue at www.mywpl.ca or via telephone at 519-539-4801.  Once a “browse and go” model is adopted for public libraries by the Province, the Woodstock Public Library will implement the appropriate next phase of our pandemic recovery plan, and open the building to the public.

Things change very quickly, so the Library will remain flexible, and ready to meet the challenges still before us.


David Harvie

Library CEO

May 26, 2020: Curbside Pickup and Holds

Curbside pickup of Library holds has begun! Please click here for more information on this service.

New holds can now be places on library materials. Information on how to place holds can be found here.

Please note that the library building remains closed to the public.

Please continue to monitor the Library's website and social media channels for up-to-date service announcments, as well as to access our ongoing digital programs and events.

May 21, 2020: Pandemic Recovery Plan, Update to Curbside Pickup Service

The Library is in the early stages of implementing our curbside pickup service. Full details on this service can be found here. Please note that while the return chute is now open, and this new service is being implemented, the library building remains closed to the public.

Curbside Pickup marks the first phase of the Library's Pandemic Recovery Plan. Details on this multi-phase plan can be found here

Please continue to monitor the Library's website and social media channels for up-to-date service announcments, as well as to access our ongoing digital programs and events.

May 15, 2020: Curbside Pickup Service Announcement

Yesterday, May 14, 2020, the Provincial government announced the loosening of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Included in this list is curbside pickup services for libraries. At this time Woodstock Public Library is diligently working on our curbside delivery service model, processing our backlog of holds, and bringing our staff back into the building in a safe manner.

Further announcements regarding our new curbside delivery service, returning materials to the library, and opening up our systems for new holds will be provided early next week via the website and on social media. We look forward to continuing to serve our community in safe and effective manner.

As we work towards restoring our in-person services, we encourage everyone to continue accessing our digital programs and events available through our website and on social media.

May 11, 2020

The Woodstock Public Library continues to closely monitor decisions around public library service by the provincial government and local public health officials.

The Library has developed a pandemic recovery plan that provides an incremental returned to full library services based on provincial directions and health protocols. We look forward to welcoming everyone back into our building as soon as we are permitted, in a manner that protects the safety of our community and our staff. Once we have more information on when this may be possible, we will share it on our website, social media channels, and local media.

In the meantime, our librarians have been busy launching a number of new digital initiatives that can be found on our website, Facebook and YouTube. Be sure to check them out!

If you have any questions, please contact the Library via phone at 519-539-4801 or via email on our comments page on our website.

Stay health and safe!

David Harvie Library CEO

April 9, 2020

The Library continues to respond to the evolving pandemic situation. As of today, all programs scheduled before June 15 have been cancelled or postponed, aligning with the City of Woodstock programs and events. In response to demand from our community, we have launched a temporary eCard initiative, allowing residents to apply for a library card online. More details on this initiative can be found here. Please call the library at 519-539-4801 if you have questions about new or existing library accounts or our eResources, Mon-Fri, 10-5, excluding holidays.

April 1, 2020

The Library continues to look to the provincial government for guidance during the pandemic. As of today, the library will be closed until further notice. Additionally, placing holds on physical materials has been disabled. Holds on our digital collections are still available. All materials originally due on or after March 1, 2020 have been automatically extended until June 1, 2020. Please note that all programs scheduled before May 4, 2020 have been cancelled. Please call the library at 519-539-4801 if you have questions about your account or our eResources during normal business hours, Mon-Fri, 9-5.

March 19, 2020

As of today, the library book return has been closed. Please hold on to Library materials until we reopen. All items due during our closure period have been automatically extended to April 16. Please call the library if you have questions about your library account: 519-539-4801. As always, your library card provides access to a great variety of eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, music, and digital magazines, all free!


March 15, 2020

Message from the Library CEO concerning COVID-19 impacts to the Woodstock Public Library March 15, 2020

Over the past week, Woodstock Public Library (WPL) has been working alongside our City partners to closely monitor developments and information about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Based on direction from the City, and care and concern for our staff, our customers and the public, we will be closing the Woodstock Public Library to the public effective today, Sunday March 15 at 5:00 p.m. We will reopen the Library on Monday, April 6. All library programs, events and room rentals will be cancelled. We will continue to monitor the situation and evaluate whether this date will need to be extended.

I want to assure you that we have not taken this decision lightly. Ensuring the health and well-being of our communities, and the safety of our customers and staff is – and always must be – our top priority.

During this temporary closure, we are taking several steps to support you as much as possible:

• If you have books currently on loan, please hold onto them. Due dates for all items will be reset to April 16 so that they won’t incur late fees during this time. As well, any outstanding library fines will not accumulate while the Library is closed.
• If you have holds, they will be waiting for you when the Library reopens.
• All of our online resources will still be available, 24/7 and can be accessed remotely using your library card. Visit mywpl.ca to download e-books, e-audiobooks, and magazines, stream movies and music and use our online resources.
• If you have a question, please call the Library at 519-539-4801 during normal office hours Monday to Friday.

As you know, this is a constantly and rapidly evolving situation. We will continue to work closely with City and health officials, and are committed to keeping you up-to-date as things evolve and change. In the meantime, we encourage you to stay informed about COVID-19 by referring to credible sources of information.

Thank you for your support, understanding and patience during this difficult time.

David I. Harvie Library CEO


March 13, 2020

Working closely with our City partners, Woodstock Public Library (WPL) is closely monitoring information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and has developed a plan based on the recommendations of city, provincial and federal health officials to ensure every precaution is taken to keep customers and staff healthy and safe.

This is an evolving situation and as a result we do not have all the answers. Here are some important updates based on current information; we will continue to keep you informed as facts are confirmed and plans evolve.

Library facilities:

To minimize the risk of spreading the virus in our library branches and facilities, we have enhanced our cleaning and disinfecting measures by placing additional antibacterial solution dispensers in public areas; and increasing the scope of cleaning to include all public computers, keyboards, mice, etc. Current cleaning includes the cleaning and disinfecting of heavily touched surfaces of public and administration areas.

Library programs and events:

Currently, all WPL locations remain open, and programs and services are continuing as planned, but we are assessing the situation as events rapidly evolve. In some cases, programs have been cancelled or rescheduled due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions impacting our presenters. Given the nature of the situation, we are advising you to check that status of library programs and events on our website or by calling the Library at 519-539-4801 to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

If you are unable to visit the library in person, please note that our digital services are always available on our website. For help using any of these services, call the Library at 519-539-4801.

While there is no community transmission at the moment, we are planning for a future when this might change. The Library will continue to work with City and health officials and will take additional steps as needed. Check mywpl.ca for regular updates or contact the Library. In the meantime, please stay informed about COVID-19 by referring to credible sources of information, such as Southwestern Public Health.

And remember that one of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illness is to limit contact and practice good health hygiene as recommended by local health authorities:

• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
• If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough in your sleeve.
• Stay at home when you are sick.


For more information contact the LIbrary CEO at 519-539-4801 ext. 3000

David I. Harvie
Library CEO