Reopening Our Libraries

Nine Middlesex County Libraries - Ailsa Craig, Dorchester, Glencoe, Ilderton, Komoka, Lucan, Mt Brydges, Parkhill and Thorndale -  are now open to patrons for short visits to browse the collection, pick up holds and to use computers and WiFi.  These branches have new temporary hours, and all services are drop-in: no appointment needed.

The Strathroy Library will be reopening to the public on Tuesday, September 28 at 1 pm.  

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.

All other branches remain closed at this time. Taking into consideration the size, layout, and other factors unique to each location, we will continue to evaluate our reopening plan and communicate timelines as we move forward.  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
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
Mt Brydges closed 4:00-7:00PM closed 4:00-7:00PM closed 10:00AM-1:00PM
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

**Strathroy Library hours begin Tuesday, September 28th.

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. 

Washrooms and water fountains will be unavailable to the public.

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

Children's toys & activities, study areas, microfilm 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.

As of July 26, Middlesex County Library will 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.

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.

Printing and Photocopying

Printing, photocopying and faxing will be available for patrons visiting branches open for in-person services.  Photocopying and faxing are unavailable at curbside locations.

We will continue to offer our printing service at branches offering curbside pickup, and to assist with keeping visits to open branches brief.  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.