The Township of Greater Madawaska
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Greater Madawaska Public Library


Resuming library services at the GMPL is important for our community, the health and safety of our staff and patrons continues to be our top priority. The gradual reinstatement of our services will follow the re-opening framework provided by the Province of Ontario, and the Renfrew County Health Unit, and follows best practices within library and retail industries. The GMPL acknowledges and agrees that it will be responsible for ensuring compliance with these frameworks, practices, and all applicable legislation or orders by all staff and patrons accessing the library, in the library, and in those areas of the school required to access the library space (in which GMPL shall also comply with any directions given by or on behalf of the principal of the school).

In accordance with Phase 1, all Covid-19 protocols will continue to be followed as listed below.

  1. The library door will always be locked and closed when staff and/or volunteers are in the school.
  2. Staff and/or volunteers will respect physical distancing while in the library; and
    a. Use hand sanitizer; 
    b. Wear medical grade masks; 
    c. Complete the self assessment/screening checklist; the link to the Covid screener can be located at and  
    d. Sign in including date/ time etc.

  3. The number of volunteers/staff members will be limited to 3.
  4. Signage will be posted in the library regarding face masks, physical distancing and other covid-19 protocols.
  5. Disinfectant wipes and alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be located inside frontdoors.
  6. The footprint of the library (placement of furniture) will be changed to accommodate physical distancing.
  7. The floor will be clearly marked indicating 2-meter distancing.
  8. Staff and volunteers will do disinfecting/ cleaning of high touch surface such as doorknobs, keyboards, mouse, phone, desks, computers, seating areas, tables, etc. regularly during work periods.
  9. While in the school, library staff and volunteers will only use the accessible washroom (if needed) by using the most direct path to travel to and from the washroom, and not otherwise enter, traverse, or access any other areas in the school.
  10. The library staff and volunteers will be responsible for cleaning and sanitizing all contact surfaces during and after periods of work.



Patrons will be allowed to request up to 10 items per patron appointment.  The length of book loans will be 3 weeks.  Patrons can renew/ extend this period by contacting the library through phone, email or online.

  1. Library patrons will be notified by the Greater Madawaska Public Library and Learning Centre regarding the commencement of curbside pick-up by means of:
    a.the township billboard located on the corner of highway 508 and Lanark Road;
    b.the township website and Face book page; and email or telephone where applicable.

  2. Patrons may order books through telephone, email or library online circulation catalogue.
  3. Library patrons will be notified regarding contactless curbside pickup and an appointment will be schedule by telephone or email.  Library patrons will be instructed with respect to the procedures in place and will follow all Covid-19 protocols.
  4. Pick up will be by appointment only during the following time periods:
    a.Tuesday to Thursday from 9:45am to 1100am; and
    b. Saturday from 10:00am to 11:30am

  5. Appointment times will be scheduled in 15 minute intervals in order to follow physical distance protocols.
  6. The front door of the school/library will always remain locked and Library patrons will NOT have access to the inside of the building.
  7. Patrons must ring the handicap button located to the left of the Library entrance door.  This will notify library staff of the patron's arrival for the scheduled appointment.  Patrons are to wait at the door in the marked designated area untilthe library staff delivers the requested material.  NOTE:  Signage will be posted on the glass of the vestibule doors.
  8. From the marked designated area, patrons will be required to show their library card or a piece of ID to confirm that the order is correct.  Library staff/volunteers will check the patron's ID through the glass doors.
  9. Plastic bag(s) containing the ordered materials which are marked with the Patron ID will then be placed on a small table outside the exit door while the patron remains in the marked designated waiting area.
  10. Once the package has been placed on the table and the library volunteer is safely behind the doors and the doors are closed, the patron may move from the designated waiting area to retrieve the package off the table.  The patron must then return promptly to his/her vehicle. 
  11. The return of loaned material will continue to be dropped off at the Township office on Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30am to 4:00pm.  These will be quarantined for a period of 72 hours.


Hours & Contact 

Due to COVID-19 the Greater Madawaska Public Library is currently CLOSED.

More information regarding reopening will come in the future 


In St. Joseph's Separate School located at:
12629 Lanark Road
PO Box 160
Calabogie, Ontario, Canada
K0J 1H0


Councillor Lucie Perrier
Library Board Chair
Phone: 613-282-8247


Welcome to the Greater Madawaska Public Library. It was founded as the Bagot & Blythfied Public Library in 1978 by four ladies dedicated to literacy at the request of the then reeve, Bob Knight. Since then it has evolved, as amalgamations occurred, to the Bagot, Blythfield and Brougham Public Library and finally in 2001 to the Greater Madawaska Public Library. It has moved locations over the years and is presently located in St. Joseph's Separate School, 12629 Lanark Road, Calabogie.

Children's Programs

Bring along the little ones for a fun and interactive storytime experience every Thursday from 10:30am – 11:30am. Stories and crafts will sometimes be focused on special themes such as spring, fall, Easter, and more!

FREE Museum Passes

Greater Madawaska Public Library has partnered with various museums to offer you FREE museum passes to the following museums:

Local History Digitization

It's no secret that the municipality now known as Greater Madawaska is rich in history. There are many stories to tell and photos to share of the people and places from the geographic townships of Bagot, Blythfield, Griffith and Matawatchan. In February 2011 the Greater Madawaska Public Library pursued a local history project with the focus being on a digital collection. With funding from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, the project came to life in November 2011 and can now be viewed as part of the Our Ontario digital collection at: