Deep River Public Library

About the Library

The Library

Our mission: To be the community’s living room: a welcoming and safe gathering place for all residents, with resources that ignite a sense of wonder and spark new possibilities for enjoyment, lifelong learning, and meaningful connection.

Our vision: The Deep River Public Library will be a destination for discovery; a community hub of creativity, curiosity, and connection for every resident.

Our plan: In the fall of 2021, the library invited residents to help us “write our next chapter” via a community survey, in-person polls, and outreach in the community. In late spring 2022, staff and board members met to review community feedback and engage in strategic planning. We are excited to share our future direction and goals. You can find a summary of our plan, and the community research that shaped it here:

Deep River Public Library Strategic Plan – Summary

Report _ Strategic Planning Survey Summary _ June 16, 2022

2022 Library Annual Report

Our collection: The library offers a wide range of materials for public use. These include several newspapers, a local history collection, and reference materials. Material that may be checked out include books, large print books, magazines, music CDs, DVDs, talking books, museum passes, Ontario Parks passes, children’s kits, explorer backpacks, costumes, lego, mini loom, canning kit, and board games.

In partnership with the town of Deep River, the library hosts a summer and winter lending hub where patrons can borrow items such as snowshoes, toboggans, stand up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, golf clubs and more!

We work with CELA (Centre for Equitable Library Access) to provide books for people with print disabilities. Ask us about borrowing accessible library materials!

Our space: Thanks to Owl Virtual Tours, you can explore our library from home!

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Membership at the Deep River Public Library is free to all residents of Deep River, Laurentian Hills, and the Townships of Head, Clara and Maria.

Non-residents may also join for an annual fee of $20.

To join, simply provide ID to Library staff that includes your address. Lost cards are replaced for a $5 fee for adults and a $1 fee for juniors.

Adult membership is for people 13 years of age or older. 

Junior members (under 13) require a parent or guardian to sign their registration.

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Loan Periods

Books and Audio Books: Two weeks
Periodicals: Two weeks
Movies: One week
Compact Discs: Two weeks
Museum Passes: One week
Play Kits: Two weeks
Library of Things: Two weeks
Summer Lending Hub: Six Days
Winter Lending Hub: One week

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Board Meetings

Board meetings take place in the library program room, begin at 5:15pm, and are open to the public. The Board does not meet over summer, unless required. 2024 dates include:

  • Thursday, January 18th
  • Thursday, February 15th
  • Thursday, March 21st
  • Thursday, April 18th
  • Thursday, May 16th
  • Thursday, June 20th
  • Thursday, September 19th
  • Thursday, October 17th
  • Thursday, November 21st
  • Thursday, December 12th

Please contact Naomi at for more information.

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Audio-Visual Equipment

The library has a collection of audio-visual equipment, including a large-screen television, a microfilm machine and a fax machine  for use within the library. Other equipment, including a DVD machine, overhead projector, and in focus projector may be borrowed.


A photocopier is available for use within the library. The fee per page is as follows:

8.5″ x 11″ and 8.5″ x 14″ – $0.20
11″ x 17″ – $0.30
Double-sided – $0.30
Bulk rate, 25 or more copies – $0.15
Colour- $1:00

Event/Program Room

An 1,800 square foot meeting room is available for use by various groups in the community.

Rental rates are: $70 / session (morning/afternoon/evening) or $30 / session for community and non-profit organizations.

Please contact or phone 613 584-4244 for more information.

A Program Room Rental Agreement Form should be filled out and submitted to  finalize a booking.

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