Atwood Branch Library

218A Main Street
Atwood, ON     N0G 1B0
Phone/Fax: 519-356-2455

Tuesday & Wednesday 3:00-8:00pm
Thursday 10:00am-2:00pm

Saturday 1:00-3:00pm

After-Hours Book Returns:
Books can be returned after hours into the mail slot located at the front door.  Please note that large books will not fit into the slot.  Please return large items during library hours.

History of the Atwood Branch Library

Atwood LibraryIn the original minute book of the Library Board, it was noted that on November 11, 1892 a meeting was held in the Foresters Hall, Atwood, for the purpose of organizing a Mechanics Institute. The Ontario Legislature changed the name Mechanics Institute to Public Library in 1895. The first library in Atwood was opened in early January 1893 and was located on the top floor of Mr. J. L. Mader's store. Mr. Mader was the first librarian and the library was open only on Saturday afternoon and evening. He received a salary of $24 per year, which also included the rental of the building. The membership fees were set at $1 per year and an annual membership of 50 people had to be maintained for the library to be eligible for government grants. The original board members were all male and included businessmen, several ministers and a doctor. It was not until 1921 that the first ladies were appointed to the board. During the early years of operation, finances were often a problem, so board members would sign bank notes to cover expenses until the government grants were received.

The Ways and Means Committee organized Membership drives and fundraisers to keep the library open. Local service groups also assisted the library through donations of books and finances. Over the years, the library has been housed in several different locations.  In 1990, the library moved from the basement of the municipal building to its current location at 218A Main Street. When this building was purchased by Elma Township, it was in need of extensive renovations to make it serviceable as a library. The  Atwood Lion's Club undertook the building renovations and dedicated library patrons volunteered their time to organize and set up the new location by helping to pack and move the books, build and paint new shelves and move the furniture and shelving to the new larger library location. The Atwood Library had its official opening ceremony on September 20, 1990.