Barrie Public Library - Enriching our Community

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PLEASE NOTE: Public Internet Computers and Wireless Access will be unavailable on Sunday, September 24th at the Downtown Branch, while we upgrade our network. The Painswick branch will have all services available.



You can contribute to your community and grow as an individual. Volunteering makes a difference in someone else's life, while providing you with new friends, new experiences and new skills. It is also an important part of your education as you accumulate hours required for secondary school graduation.

  • At your library - The library has some excellent opportunities for volunteers. We are a not-for-profit organization that benefits from those who choose to contribute to their community through volunteering. Find volunteer opportunities at your library
  • In your community - There are a lot of excellent opportunities for volunteering within your community. No matter what your interest and skills, there is likely to be somewhere you can help out. Find volunteer opportunities in your community

Barrie Association of Volunteer Administrators (BAVA)
BAVA is an organization committed to excellence in the administration of volunteers through advocacy, networking, communication, education and professional development within the City of Barrie and surrounding area. Barrie Public Library is a member BAVA. Visit the BAVA website at to see a list of volunteer opportunities offered by over 30 organizations.

Information Barrie
This service provided by Barrie Public Library is is a community information and referral sevice. For information about volunteering in the community, contact us at Barrie Public Library 705-728-1010 or see a list of local organizations with volunteer opportunities in our community database.

  • Nationally and Internationally - Help is needed everywhere, so consider travelling and experiencing more of the world while volunteering your time. 

The Canadian Volunteerism Initiative has some excellent Fact Sheets about volunteering. Check them out to learn more about the benefits of volunteering and how to go about it!

Many organizations need to make sure you are right for their organization by doing a  a Police Records Check.