Listowel Branch Library

260 Main Street W.
Listowel, ON     N4W 1A1
Phone: 519-291-4621
Fax: 519-291-2235

Monday to Thursday 10:00am-8:00pm
Friday    10:00am-5:00pm
Saturday   10:00am-3:00pm

After-Hours Book Returns:
Materials can be returned after-hours into the drop slot located to the left of the back entrance off the parking lot.

History of the Listowel Branch Library

Listowel LibraryThe Listowel Public Library was built in 1907 with a grant of $10,000 from Andrew Carnegie. It was designed by local architect W.E. Binning, who also designed several other Ontario libraries. The stone walls and stained glass windows have witnessed many changes over the years. Before opening as a children's department in 1972, the basement had been home to the Women's Patriotic League, Town Council, Division Court and St. John's Ambulance. It has been a temporary shelter for men on the road during the depression, a workshop, and a place to play checkers. At one time plans included the installation of police holding cells in the basement, but the Library Association threatened to cut off grant support if such plans proceeded.

In 1982 a boardroom/archives was added to the upstairs quarters. Then on May 27, 2000 the long awaited official opening of the restored and expanded Carnegie Library was held. The 1.2 million dollar project received one third of the needed financial support from the Canada Millennium Partnership Program and the remaining funding came from community and area organizations. A huge thank you is owed to the large number of committed volunteers who spent thousands of hours to realize a finished library building that is an integration of the old and new, drawn together by the beautiful Rotary Club Park . The Carnegie section of the library houses a reading room furnished in memory of David Hay, who was a past mayor of Listowel, the CEO's office, and a programming room.