Reopening Our Libraries

The Delaware, Melbourne, Newbury and Wardsville Libraries will reopen for in-person services the week of December 6.

Patrons of these locations who have items on hold that are not yet ready for pickup, can change the pick-up location to their desired branch by logging into their online account and selecting the location from the drop down menu. If you need help making this change, please email or call 519-245-8237 and leave a message.

If you have items on hold that are available for pick-up at another branch and wish to have them sent to another, please contact the location where the items are currently being held for assistance. 

Eleven Middlesex County Libraries - Ailsa Craig, Coldstream, Dorchester, Glencoe, Ilderton, Komoka, Lucan, Mt Brydges, Parkhill, Strathroy and Thorndale -  are now open to patrons for short visits to browse the collection, pick up holds and to use computers and WiFi. 

All Middlesex County LIbraries have new temporary hours, and all services are drop-in: no appointment needed.

Patrons unable to visit a branch for any reason will continue to be able to request library items delivered to their home by mail. Learn more about items by mail.

We appreciate your continued patience as we implement new procedures to ensure the safety of both the public and library staff.

new temporary hours for reopening branches

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Ailsa Craig closed closed 4:00-7:00PM 4:00-7:00PM closed 10:00AM-1:00PM
Coldstream closed 2:00-6:00PM  4:00-8:00PM closed closed closed
Delaware 4:00-8:00PM*
*begins December 6
closed closed closed closed closed
Dorchester closed 1:00-7:00PM 1:00-7:00PM 10:00AM-4:00PM closed 10:00AM-2:00PM
Glencoe closed closed 10:00AM-4:00PM 1:00-7:00PM 10:00AM-4:00PM 10:00AM-2:00PM
Ilderton closed 4:00-7:00PM closed 4:00-7:00PM closed 10:00AM-1:00PM
Komoka closed closed 10:00AM-4:00PM 1:00-7:00PM 10:00AM-4:00PM 10:00AM-2:00PM
Lucan closed 10:00AM-4:00PM 1:00-7:00PM 4:00-7:00PM closed 10:00AM-2:00PM
Melbourne closed 4:00-8:00PM*
*begins December 7
closed closed closed closed
Mt Brydges closed 4:00-7:00PM closed 4:00-7:00PM closed 10:00AM-1:00PM
Newbury closed closed closed 4:00-8:00PM*
*begins December 9
closed closed
Parkhill closed closed 10:00AM-4:00PM 1:00-7:00PM 10:00AM-4:00PM 10:00AM-2:00PM
Strathroy 10:00AM-4:00PM 1:00-7:00PM 10:00AM-4:00PM 1:00-7:00PM 10:00AM-4:00PM 10:00AM-2:00PM
Thorndale closed closed 4:00-7:00PM 4:00-7:00PM closed 10:00AM-1:00PM
Wardsville closed closed closed closed 10:00AM-2:00PM*
*begins December 10

visiting a library

Vaccine Receipts are not required to enter the library. Visitors to the Komoka Library: please note that while proof of vaccination is not required to enter the library, vaccine receipts and ID are required to enter the other areas of the Wellness Centre.  Please come directly into the library after entering the building. 

Patrons who are ill, or who have reason to believe they have come in contact with COVID-19, will not be permitted in the library per recommendations set out by government and health officials.

We ask that patrons over the age of two wear a mask when visiting a library.

Each branch will be limiting the number of patrons inside the library at any one time to maintain appropriate social distancing.  To assist with this, we ask that you keep visits brief and follow posted directional signage during your visit. 

Where possible, washrooms are available for public use. 

Water fountains are unavailable to the public.

No food or drink, other than water, will be permitted in the library.

Children's toys & activities, study areas, and lounge seating will not be available at this time.

borrowing and returning items

Surprise Bags and Binge Bags may not be available at all branches open for browsing.  Patrons are still welcome to request a customized selection of materials to be picked up in-branch or mailed to their home using our Personalized Picks service.

Patrons will have 14 days to pick-up a hold after being notified it is available. 

Whenever possible, please continue to return items to exterior drop-boxes and return slots available at all 15 of our libraries (even those locations which are temporarily closed).  Returns will not be accepted at the circulation desk, however branches who are able to do so safety, may offer an alternative inside location to return items.  Please confirm with staff and follow any posted directional signage.

Middlesex County Library is no longer be quarantining returned materials. However, due to limited open hours, items may still remain on your account for a number of days after being returned.  You may receive overdue notifications during this period, please disregard if the item(s) have been returned.

Overdue fines will continue to be waived during this period, but charges for lost and damaged items will apply.

Computers and WiFi

Computers will be available on a first come, first served basis, and use will be limited to 30 minutes. The number of available computers is limited to support social distancing within the library.

There will be a limited number of seats reserved for WiFi usage for those with their own device. Use of these areas will be limited to 30 minutes.

Microfilm computers are available for limited use at the Dorchester, Glencoe, Lucan, Parkhill and Strathroy Libraries.  Please contact the library directly for additional information. 

Printing and Photocopying

Printing, photocopying and faxing will be available for patrons visiting branches open for in-person services. We will continue to offer our printing service at branches that have the staff capacity to do so: to utilize the print service, simply complete the online form and upload your documents. Please wait until you are contacted by the library to visit to pickup your prints.

As of July 26, Middlesex County Library will resume collecting fees* for these services.  Payments can be made in cash or by cheque.  If you are a Middlesex County Library cardholder, charge may also be applied to your account and paid online. Vaccine Receipts will be printed free of charge.

  • Black & White Prints/Copies - $0.15 per printed side 
  • Colour Prints/Copies - $0.25 per printed side
  • Local Faxing - $0.50 per page 
  • Long Distance Faxing - $1.00 per page 
  • Scan to email available free of charge

*Fee exemptions are available for items related to government services, social services, legal aid, partnership programs and employment services. Please verify exemptions with staff.

Creative & Maker Spaces

Limited access to the spaces in both Dorchester and Glencoe is available; please contact the branch directly for more information. The Dorchester Library can be reached at 519-268-3451, the Glencoe Library can be reached at 519-287-2735.