Rainy River Public Library

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Description & Services
Public Comments
  • 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
Description (Agency) Offers public library services
Description (Service) 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
Hours Tue, Thu 2 pm-7 pm * Wed, Fri-Sat 11 am-4 pm
Areas Served Dawson Township ; Lake of the Woods ; Morley Township ; Rainy River
  • 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
Application Call or visit the library for membership information
Languages English
Fees Service - Faxing, laminating, photocopying and printing; Non resident membership fees apply ; None - Loan of books and other material
Contact Information
Office Phone 807-852-3375
Fax Call first 807-852-3375
E-Mail libraryrr@gmail.com
Website www.rainyriverlibrary.com
Social Media Facebook Facebook
Primary Executive Michael Dawber, Chief Executive Officer and Librarian
Alternate Executive Jodi Wittich, Relief Librarian
Site Location Service Ontario Building
Located In Community Rainy River
Address 334 4th St
Rainy River, ON P0W 1L0
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Intersection 4th St and Hwy 11
Mailing Address PO Box 308 
Rainy River, ON P0W 1L0
Physical Access Partially Accessible - Parking -- Accessible with one designated handicapped parking space; Entrance -- Accessible with ramp and automatic door button; Washroom -- Not Accessible (no grab bar)
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established Incorporated April 1971
Funding Regional / Municipal ; Provincial
Elections Library Board Trustees appointed by Rainy River Town Council - appointments concurrent with council term (4 years)