Public Libraries

Public libraries are located in each of the three main urban areas in Brock Township and are all run by a library board. All three branches offer a variety of services and programs to patrons of all ages and are equipped with computers and internet access. Each branch offers ‘Story Time' programs for younger children and summer reading programs, starting in July, for the older children.

Visit the Brock Township Library website.

Beaverton Branch

The Beaverton Public Library is located at 401 Simcoe Street in Beaverton. While the original library remains as it was built in 1912, a modern new addition has been constructed to provide additional space and wheelchair access.

Hours of Operation

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

This “Carnegie” library has been designated as being of architectural and historical interest under the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990.

A library was established within the Village of Beaverton as early as 1853; it was located in the court house on the north side of Simcoe Street where the existing post office and bank are situated. This reading room was later renamed to the Mechanics Institute in 1890. The public requested Council’s consideration for a new library in 1897 and the issue was raised in the editorial pages of the Beaverton Express.

The Carnegie Foundation of New York established a grant program for Ontario communities in 1901 which ran until 1917. An application for a grant to build a new library in Beaverton was made by the secretary of the library board, Mr. J.F. Givens. The Beaverton Library board received a grant in the amount $7000.00 on August 28, 1910. A further request for $1000 was denied by the Secretary of the Carnegie Foundation. The terms of grant required that the village council provide a suitable site for the library and that tax funds be used to maintain it on an annual basis.

An architect, Mr. W.E. Binning, was retained by the library board based on his earlier designs for a library in Mitchell, Ontario – complete with a tower! Construction of the library commenced in 1911; the general contractor was Mr. James Snelgrove and the masonry work was completed by a Mr. Halward of Cannington. The library was officially opened to the public at 3:00 p.m. on December 5, 1913.

This library is one of the very few Carnegie libraries (111 in Ontario) which continues to be used for this purpose.

For further inquiries please contact the Beaverton Branch by phone 705-426-9283 or email beavertonbranch@brocklibraries.ca

Cannington Branch

The Timothy Findley Memorial Branch of the Brock Township Public Library is located at 38 Laidlaw Street South in Cannington.

Hours of Operation

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday: 2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

For further inquiries please contact the Cannington Branch by phone 705-432-2867 or email canningtonbranch@brocklibraries.ca

Sunderland Branch

The Sunderland Public Library is located in the Sunderland Public School at 41 Albert St. S., Sunderland.

Hours of Operation

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

For further inquiries please contact the Sunderland Branch by phone 705-357-3109 or email sunderlandbranch@brocklibraries.ca

Brock Township Public Library Board Meetings

The library board trustees meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  Meetings are open to the public.

2018 Schedule of Library Board Meetings

October 9 – 7:00 p.m.  Sunderland Branch, Sunderland
 November 13 – 7:00 p.m.  Beaverton Branch, Beaverton
 December 11 – 10:00 a.m.  Timothy Findley Memorial Branch, Cannington