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Tobermory Library

Bruce County Public Library - Tobermory Branch

"the most picturesque library in the County"

"Libraries are much more than books"


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Located at: 22 Bay Street, Little Tub Harbour, Tobermory

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Summer Hours: May 25 - Thanksgiving
Monday 12:30pm-4:30pm
Tuesday CLOSED
Wed-Sat 10:00am-5:30pm
Sunday 12:30pm-4:30pm
Winter Hours: to be announced


Situated overlooking the harbour, the steps leading to the front entrance of the Tobermory Library, constructed of log & stone, provide a great area for visiting groups to be photographed.


The book drop is located at the rear entrance where a stroller/wheel-chair friendly ramp leads down from the back parking lot to either the back door, or around the west side of the building, and down to the Bay Street sidewalk. Once inside, note the stone fireplace, and 2 stone chimneys, centred in stone walls, and the huge timbers bracing the open ceiling.


Why not enjoy your cup of coffee, or snack, while seated on one of the outdoor benches; one  donated  by family members in memory of Clara & Barney Hopkins, two benches donated by the Friends of the Library, one of which is in memory of Jack Wellington, all located in the grassed area beside the library?


Library membership is issued no-charge to Bruce County residents; as a member of the Bruce County Public Library system, library card holders have the advantage of borrowing from any branch throughout the County - remember, that the branch you borrow from, is the branch you return your items to.


We offer:


  • Books, books and more books.
  • Fiction and non-fiction, adult & juvenile - from our shelves, and the shelves of 17 other branches located throughout the County of Bruce.
  • Reference material - encyclopedias, dictionaries, local history
  • Inter-branch, and interlibrary loan - a valuable tool for patron requests
  • Photocopying
  • Programming for children and adults
  • Internet Access - $1 for the first hour (first hour is free if you have a library card. DSL Internet Access with 4 public use computers.
  • DVD’s 'free of charge'
  • CD’s
  • Fax Service: $1.00 first page, $0.50  additional pages
  • Summer programs for children
  • Materials can be placed in our drop box after hours


BCPL has entered into an agreement with Criterion pictures, allowing the showing of movies throughout the County. The Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula has been generous in providing the library the use of the Tobermory Community Centre for showing movies as they become available. Admission $2.



Friends of the Library:

Present co-chairs:   Mary Catherine Janssen & Cele Eadie

  • Meet 6 times yr, the last Tues. of the selected month @ 3:00 p.m.
  • Hold book sales (donations accepted year-round)
  • Book & sale - Christmas parade day
  • Fund raising with proceeds using for library improvement
  • Friends’ activies & pictures now in binder form for public viewing
  • Items purchased for the library include shelving, photocopier, window blinds, program supplies and gifts for speakers, magazine subscriptions, fireplace insert & surround and other small items.
  • Contact publishers for donations of children’s books, which are included in the Christmas Community bags given to children immediately following the Christmas parade.
  • Membership is $5/yr., and new members are always welcome



Book Club:

  • Meet the final Tues. of the month from Sept. - May @ 1:30 p.m.
  • Informative discussion on a variety of book titles
  • All are welcome




1894 The first library operated in the village was run out of the Methodist Sunday School (now the Harbour United Church). Books were purchased with money collected from residents.
1929 Henry E. Bodman and Harlow N. Davock, both of Detroit, built a stone & log cabin on Little Tub Harbour, and presented it to Tobermory to be used as a Public Library. The donors also furnished the library with tables, chairs and shelves.
1935 "from a standpoint of giving it’s customers appreciated service, there is not a better library in the Province ...with a population of 300, Tobermory Library last year had a circulation of 7,500." Wiarton Echo
1961-62 Redecoration and lights added using a $371.92 legislative grant
1964 Tobermory Library joins other municipalities in establishing the Bruce County Public Library System
1983 A major addition was made to the library, including washrooms, new lighting, heating & ventilation
1997 Tobermory Library goes on-line with it’s first CAP site
1998 Inaugural meeting of the Friends of the Library
2000 Installation of electric fireplace in the stone chimney
2005 Landscaping donated by the Tobermory Rotary Club, Friends of the Library and the Volunteer Gardeners
2008 10th year celebration of the Tobermory Friends of the Library


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