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  • Rainy River Public Library is the westernmost public library in Ontario
  • The library is funded by four local municipalities, and is accountable to a population of 2100, dispersed over a territory of 1450 sq km
  • The library serves approximately 900 registered borrowers with a collection of 12,000 items
  • Annual circulation in 2012 was 15,300

Organization: Rainy River Public Library  
Phone Numbers: 807-852-3375
Fax: Call first 807-852-3375
PO Box 308
Rainy River, ON
P0W 1L0
334 4th St
Rainy River
Intersection: 4th St and Hwy 11
Location: Service Ontario Building
Accessibility: Partially Accessible    Partially Accessible
Accessibility Notes: Parking -- Accessible with one designated handicapped parking space; Entrance -- Accessible with ramp and automatic door button; Washroom -- Not Accessible (no grab bar)
Hours: Tue, Thu 2 pm-7 pm * Wed, Fri-Sat 11 am-4 pm
Executives: Michael Dawber - Chief Executive Officer and Librarian
Jodi Wittich - Relief Librarian
Service Description: Offers public library services

Located in the Service Ontario Building on 4th St near HWY 11

Operates a community public library and loans out various items including the following:
  • Books, magazines, and audiovisual material (DVDs, CDs, audio books), CNIB Talking Books for the Blind, local history scrapbooks, periodicals, free downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, computer databases
  • Playaway View and Playaway products, Birding Buddies and bird-watching kits
  • Material available through inter library loan

Provides a wide variety of programs and services:
  • Faxing, laminating, photocopying, scanning and printing of documents
  • Internet and wireless access
  • Information service
  • Reference, research and reader's advisory help
  • Home delivery for shut-ins (where volunteer resources permit)

Offers a variety of age appropriate programs and services. Call for more information on programs and services available. Examples include:
  • Computer classes
  • Homework help
  • Literacy programs
  • Parent and child drop in program
  • Pre-school storytime
  • Summer reading programs

YI@CAS North 1 Network
  • Provides a technology centre
  • Gives public access to the Internet and holds workshops to teach the skills to use it
  • Promotes access to individuals who may have difficulty obtaining Internet service
  • Encourages online learning and literacy
  • Fosters the development of community based infrastructure
  • Promotes Canadian e-commerce

Meeting: Library Board meets 10 times per year - meetings are open to the public, call for meeting dates and times
Fees: Service - Faxing, laminating, photocopying and printing; Non resident membership fees apply * None - Loan of books and other material
Application: Call or visit the library for membership information
Eligibility - Population(s) Served:
  • Membership required to borrow items; free to residents and taxpayers of service area
  • Children under 16 years of age must have parent/guardian co-sign membership
  • Reciprocal borrowing with Emo Township, Big Grassy River First Nation and Baudette, Minnesota libraries
Languages: English
Area(s) Served:
District of Rainy River  
See Also: Libraries and Resource Centres

This information was last completely updated on April 4, 2018

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