The Library occasionally recruits for volunteer positions as:

-  Teen Volunteers
-  Tech Centre Help
-  Friends of the Meaford Library
-  Occasional Help at Library Events and Programs.

Volunteers can do many tasks in the Library such as:   

Circulation Desk

  • Empty the book drop
  • Shelve books in the proper location

Tech Centre

  • Help customers with technical questions regarding their computer, device, downloading eBooks, etc.
  • Familiar but not an expert knowledge of tech is a requirement.


  • Assist at library fundraising events.  

Adult Programs

  • Do you have ideas for library programs?  Help us plan and deliver programs you would want to attend.

Opportunities for High School Students
If you need community hours for your high school diploma, there are lots of ways to get them:

  • Shelve books
  • Help at an event
  • Tutor a student
  • Teen Tech Hour

Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and may be asked to complete a criminal records check.

For more information read our Volunteer Policy

Interested in becoming a volunteer?  Download our forms here:  pdf MPL Volunteer Documents (484 KB)

For more information talk to a staff member or email libraryinfo@meaford.ca




Friends of the Meaford Library

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  Donate to the Friends

   The Net Shed is Closed
Thank you for a great season!
See you Victoria Day Weekend 2018

The Net Shed,is located at the corner of Bayfield and Collingwood Streets in Meaford.
Find thousands of gently read books for a donation.
All proceeds benefit the Meaford Public Library.

Thank you to the McKay Family for the use of the Net Shed.  


The Friends of the Meaford Library (FOML) is an independent charitable organization of dedicated volunteers who are committed to helping the Library and its staff to provide our community with high quality Library services and to promote the Library and its interests.  

Email:  friendsofmeafordlibrary@gmail.com

Peter Bantock, P
resident:  prbantock@yahoo.ca
Gillian Bigl, Past President
Leslie Ransom, Secretary
James Brown, Treasurer

Fred Kennedy, Promotion & Publicity
Jane Leckenby, Membership Coordinator
Paul Wehrle, Concert Coordinator: 519-538-1802
Chris Richardson, Volunteer Coordinator:  226-662-4862
Dinah Shields, Net Shed Book Coordinator  netshedcoordinator@gmail.com
Elaine Burns, Member at Large
Audrey Lamrock, Member at Large

Become a Friend and Volunteer
Information can be found at the Meaford Library or download the membership form document here (59 KB) .  Fill in and return to the Library.
Membership dues are $3.00 per year used to defray administrative costs and pay for the Volunteer Appreciation tea held each year.

Friends Meetings:

The Friends meet the second Thursday of the month from 4:30 to 6 pm in the board room of the Meaford Library from March until November.  Meetings are open to the public.



Our History

In 1854 St. Vincent council (which included Meaford) decided to found a library.  Sixty British pounds were spent to buy books and distribute them to five locations throughout the township: Meaford, Griersville, Scotch Mountain, Cape Rich & Leaven's Corner.

The original Meaford library location was D.L. Layton's store and was open two hours per week.  In 1869 the township was persuaded by the local newspaper editor to amalgamate the five libraries into one central location at the printing office of The Monitor newspaper in Meaford.

The first public organization to help in funding the library was the Mechanics Institute.  It was a group formed by public-minded citizens who added books to the collection, gave lectures and held music concerts.  In 1887 the fees for the Mechanics Institute were one dollar per year, or fifty cents for single ladies. 

By 1887, the library of about 1,000 volumes was located in Mr. and Mrs. MacKinnon's book  and stationery store.

Through 1891-1900 the library was located in various places in town until it settled above W.W. Stephen's Drug Store.  In the early 1900s the town attempted to take over the library and make it a public facility funded by tax dollars.  The town lost in this decision by one vote.  When the new town hall was built in 1908 the library moved to the north east corner of the town hall.

The library was to remain at the town hall until 1967, when the town acquired the vacated post office building at 15 Trowbridge Street.  In 1972 the children's library was opened in an area separate from the adult library, and in 1982 a multi-purpose room was opened in the renovated basement.  A new entrance was built and a wheelchair ramp was constructed.

In 2010 the library uses the entire building at 15 Trowbridge.  The children's library is in the basement, the adult and reference collections are on the main floor, and administration offices and meeting rooms are upstairs.


Strategic Plans

pdf Meaford Library Strategic Plan 2011-2015 (3.00 MB)
pdf Meaford Library Strategic Plan 2016-2020 (5.26 MB)
pdf 2017 Meaford Public Library Strategic Plan Achievements (3.65 MB)

Annual Reports

pdf 2014 MPL Annual Report (930 KB) pdf
2015 MPL Annual Report
(372 KB)
pdf 2016 MPL Annual Report

(386 KB)
Space Needs Analysis Reports

pdf Space Needs Analysis - November 10, 2014
(3.65 MB)
pdf Space Needs Analysis Feasibility Study Presentation - January 12, 2015
(2.14 MB)

 Other Reports

pdf Accessibility Audit Report Meaford Library - June 3, 2013 (262 KB)

pdf Business Case 2009 Meaford Library (598 KB)

pdf CAO Report, Contracted Library Services - March 2014 (2.00 MB)  

  pdf MPL is Here to Serve You - June 2017 (583 KB)

pdf Non Resident Public Library Fee Chart Updated Nov 2016
(91 KB)
Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library Membership: 3 Year Average for 2016

(11 KB)
pdf Service Delivery Review Library Services - November 13, 2017 (1.88 MB)