As of July 3, 2021 the Carlow/ Mayo Public Library is now Open to walk-ins! Please be aware of the following protocols:
- Only 2 people are allowed in the Library at a time.
- Face coverings are mandatory.
- COVID-19 screening must be completed prior to entry.
- Washrooms are not available.
- Computers are available at 30 minute sessions- appointments are encouraged.
- Curbside pickup is still available for patrons that do not wish to enter the Library.
For curbside pick up, computer sessions or inquires call 613-332-2544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to practice social distancing.
Carlow/Mayo Public Library is a joint-use facility with Hermon Public School. We have a great library collection that can meet the needs of your whole family which includes a range of books, dvd’s, audio books and magazines. We have four computer workstations, two children’s early literacy computer stations and Free WIFI.
We strive to provide equal access to information, ideas and lifelong learning opportunities through a range of services and programs.
Library Membership Cards
How to Get a Library Card
- Library cards are free if you live or pay property or business taxes in the municipality of Carlow/Mayo.
- Come into the library, fill out the application form and you will need to show acceptable identification.
- Parents or guardians of children and young adults 17 years and under must sign their children’s library membership application.
- Non-residents of Carlow/Mayo can obtain membership cards for $10.00 per family and $5.00 per senior, or single person.
Carlow/Mayo Public Library Board Meetings
- Board meetings are the 4th Monday of each month starting at 4:30 p.m. and are located at the Carlow Community Centre in Fort Stewart.
Carlow/Mayo Public Library
Head Librarian: Carrie McKenzie
124 Fort Stewart Road, Hermon ON, K0L1C0
Tuesday – 5 pm to 8 pm
Thursday – 5 pm to 8 pm
Saturday – 10 am to 4 pm
The public library in our community has long been rooted in a partnership with the Public School system through the Hastings Prince Edward District School Board.
Over the last 35 years the library has been located in different rooms of the school.
In 2006 it came to the attention of a former Principal of Hermon Public School, Mr. Bill English that there was funding for municipalities for the delivery of library services.
A partnership was developed with the Hermon School Library and the municipality to create the CARLOW/MAYO Public Library. The ribbon cutting ceremony April 6, 2006 completed the delivery of library services to the municipality of Carlow/Mayo.
Per the Library ACT and receiving ongoing funding from the municipality and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the library is managed by an appointed Library Board and CEO.
What’s on the shelves
- Best-selling Fiction and Non-fiction
- Classic Fiction and Non-fiction
- DVDs and Videos — new releases, educational, and classics
- General Fiction — westerns, romance, mystery, science fiction, fantasy
- Especially for children — picture books, board books, early chapter books
- Young Adult — series and graphic novels
- Literacy Resources
- Large Print
- Dictionaries, Atlases, Almanacs, Encyclopedia
- Local History and Genealogy
- Community Information
- Inter Library loans
Computers, E-Readers and Free WIFI
Due to COVID-19 our computers are not available. Access to the WiFi hotspot can be accessed outside of the building.
Non-Residents to Join Library: $10.00 per family; $5.00 per senior, or single person
Photocopies: $0.10 per copy
Computer Print Out: $0.10 per sheet
Replacement of Lost/Stolen/Damaged Materials: $10.00 minimum; $75.00 maximum
The support of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is gratefully acknowledged for funding of our e-resources and for providing funding for our high-speed internet connectivity.
In order to utilize these resources a patron library card and passwords are required. Speak with the librarian to arrange your account today!
A Genealogy Guide
Searching genealogy has become very common, with many people investing in different methods. People have different reasons for wanting to find out who their ancestors are; sometimes it’s just curiosity while other times there is a medical necessity. Whatever your reason may be, you need to be sure you know how to approach the process.
Genealogy Research Strategies
Tracing genealogy records has become a hobby for some people while for others it is an obsession. Those who have been adopted or find themselves a victim of the “system,” may have the need to find out who their parents are. This could be out of curiosity, but in many cases, it is the need to secure medical information. It can be a difficult chore if you have no idea how or where to begin your search. The Internet has made this task easier, especially with sites such as Ancestry.com and Genealogy.com, but they don’t always provide everything necessary to locate a person’s ancestors. Consider the following sources of information as you begin working on your genealogy.
Family Search Centre
(LDS Genealogy website)
With millions of checkouts and desktop installations, OverDrive provides the leading download service for libraries. Our support for PC, Mac®, iPod®, Zune®, Sony® Reader™, nook™, and thousands of other mobile devices makes our library platform the most compatible library download service. We also offer the largest collection of audiobooks, eBooks, music, and video for the library – all available on a single website for browsing, checking out, and downloading.
(About my Property-is a secure, online self-service application that provides property owners with convenient access to property assessment information, lot size, recent sales, etc. on your and neighbouring properties-free) (See library staff for assistance to access it if you require it–you will need your property assessment notice for your unique username and password)
View the printable handouts to get started downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks. You can find more detailed help information on the vendor website for OverDrive.
For wifi-enabled devices, download content from the TPL directly to your device. Locate your device from the list below.
iPhone/iPad/iPad Mini/iPod Touch (PDF)
BlackBerry Playbook (PDF)
Kobo Arc or Kobo Vox (PDF)
Sony (wifi) (PDF)
Windows Phone 7 (PDF)
For devices without wifi, download content to a computer and then transfer to your device using Adobe Digital Editions.
Sony eReader (no wifi) for ebooks (PDF)
Kobo Touch or Kobo Glo for ebooks (PDF)
Nook for ebooks (PDF)
MP3 players for audiobooks (PDF)
iPod for audiobooks (PDF)
View these step by step videos from OverDrive to learn how to use your particular device to browse, check out, and download ebooks.
iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch)
Adobe Digital Editions (Desktop Computer)
Sony Reader Wifi
How eBook Borrowing Works
You must have a valid Carlow/Mayo Public Library card number and PIN to check out titles.
How to get or renew your library card
Checking out materials
You can have up to 15 titles checked out at any given time.
The lending periods can vary from title to title. These can be set to either 7, 14, or 21 days at the time of checkout.
Materials will expire automatically at the end of the checkout period. These items do not have to be returned and late fines are never applied.
However, it is possible to return certain items early if you reach your checkout limit, or to make items available for other library users.
eBooks can be returned early using Adobe Digital Editions software or the OverDrive Media Console mobile app after the books have been downloaded. See individual device guides above for instructions on how to return eBooks. eAudiobooks cannot be returned early.
Unfortunately, titles cannot be renewed, but you can check them out again if they are available when the checkout period ends.
Supported and Unsupported Devices
Currently, the Amazon Kindle is not compatible with OverDrive material.
Read more about Amazon Kindle and OverDrive in Canada.
Check the complete list of compatible devices to ensure your device works with OverDrive materials.
You may be unable to log in or check out items from OverDrive if:
- Your library account is blocked
- Your library card has expired
- You have forgotten your PIN
If you’ve replaced your CMPL card but have outstanding holds on your OverDrive account, you will not see them when you log in to OverDrive. Please contact Answerline to merge your old and new accounts. Any other issues with your OverDrive account can also be sent to Answerline.
To learn about accessibility features available on OverDrive Media Console, see the OverDrive Accessibility Guide.
If you require further assistance using ebooks or audiobooks you can contact us with your query. We will respond and will also use the information to help inform and improve the content of this site.
A strong library system is the cornerstone of a strong community. It contributes to education, literacy and life-long learning in Ontario communities. Municipal by-laws create Ontario’s public libraries and public library boards govern them.
Municipalities and Libraries are a Shared Responsibility
Ontario library legislation makes library boards corporations and gives them the authority to govern the library. In the majority of cases, municipal council provides most of the funding to operate the library and the Municipal Council establishes a board to govern the library.
The Board and the CEP – Shared leadership
- The board directs the work of the CEO through: decisions made at board meetings, policies, official plans, and the budget.
- The CEO manages the day-to-day operations of the library and serves as a professional advisor to the board
This section is a work in prgress. As more polices are created and approved, they will be added.
- Statement of Authority
- Composition of the Board
- Terms of Reference of the Officers
- Powers and Duties the Board
- Meetings of the Board