New Free Library Exchange Book House

Kiosk We now have a beautiful new Free Library Exchange Book House located outside the library doors. The books inside are free to borrow or keep, and we are happy to get trades and donations. The kiosk is open 24/7 for your convenience.

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Centre for Equitable Library Access Collection

Kanhiote Public Library offers a collection of over 230,000 books, magazines, newspapers and described videos in a choice of formats for people with a print celadisability.

  • Lots of choice including current bestsellers, award-winners and classics
  • Fiction, non-fiction, self-help, business and more
  • Books for kids, teens and adults
  • Books in audio, braille or accessible e-book formats
  • Download books or receive home delivery by mail

Access to the CELA collection is available to people who are unable to read conventional print due to a disability, which includes:
Learning disability: an impairment relating to comprehension
Physical disability: the inability to hold or manipulate a book
Visual disability: severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one's eyes.

Access to the collection is offered in a number of ways

  • Download books to your computer or mobile device, such as an iPhone
  • Download books to a DAISY player over a wireless connection without using a computer
  • Receive audio CDs, Braille or described movies through your local branch or by mail directly to your home.

Contact the library for more information or visit the CELA website at

Featured Digital Resources

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First Nations Child & Family Caring Society

The Society stands with First Nations children, youth, and families for equal opportunities to succeed.



Using a reconciliation framework that respectfully engages First Nation and non-aboriginal peoples, the Caring Society provides high quality resources to support First Nations communities to empower children, youth and families. The award-winning Caring Society is proud to work with our partners in Canada and around the world to promote the rights of Indigenous children, youth and families.



Library Information




The library provides a wide variety of materials including: videos, books, magazines, large-print books, books on CD, and more...!  There is up-to-date reading material for both children and adults.  These materials are recorded in our automated library system which makes searching for a title very easy to do.






pdfClick here to view or download our "Computer and Internet Use Policy"


New Library Book Shelves

A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.


Kanhiote Public Library is proud to announce new Children's and Fiction book shelves purchased through a grant from OTF.







Our Location


The Library is located on the top floor of the old Health Centre building,1658 York Road 613-967-6264


Main Entrance



Patron Computers (Lobby)


Borrowing Information

The library is your gateway to a world of information.  In return, respect the material you borrow, keep it safe and return material on time so that others may enjoy it as well.


Library Cards

To borrow materials from the library, you must have a membership card.  Members of our community may obtain a FREE Library Membership Card by filling out a short application with your name, address and telephone number.  A library membership card is valid for two years from the date of issue.  Patrons are expected to present their cards at the circulation desk when signing out library materials.

pencilsEach person is responsible for material borrowed on his or her library card   Responsibility for the reading material of children rests with their parents or legal guardian

If something you want is checked out at the moment, you may ask the library staff to place a hold on it for you.


Loan Periods, Fines & Fees

The loan period is 14 days.  Material may be renewed for an additional 7 days.  You may renew your materials in the library, by telephone (613-967-6264) or by e-mail


The Library has a drop box for your convenience to return borrowed materials after hours, it is located to the right of the main entrance.

Material held beyond the loan period will be subject to an overdue fine.   Overdue fines are 5 cents/day.   Fines are counted on open days only.  Patrons who have overdue material will be subject to loss of borrowing privileges.


Interlibrary loan

For items not located at our own library, we can try to obtain the item from another library. This process can take from 2-6 weeks (on average).  There is a limit of three requests at one time. Patrons will be notified by phone when the material arrives; items will be held for one week. Loan periods will vary depending on the source library.


Home service

You are welcome to come to the library during our open hours (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm and Thursday from 12 noon to 7 pm).  However, if you cannot come to the library, enquire about an “at home service”.

Mission Statement



Kanhiote provides resources to encourage cultural awareness, personal growth, independent learning and increase the ability of the members of the community to cope with personal, social, economic, environmental and technological change.


Kanhiote serves as the community’s information center. Kanhiote serves all people in the community in their roles as individuals or as members of organizations.


Kanhiote participates with other libraries in resource sharing agreements in order to provide a range of information. Kanhiote plans and develops services in response to the needs of the community. The library serves every individual regardless of age, education, religion, economic level, ethnic cultural background, political conviction or mental or physical health.