Monkton Branch Library

216 Winstanley St.
Monkton, ON     N0K 1P0
Phone/Fax: 519-347-2703

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

Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm

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

History of the Monkton Branch Library

Monkton LibraryMonkton's first library was organized through the initiative of Dr. A.F. McKenzie in 1899, who donated $25 to library start-up.  Legend has it that James Kelly, a carriage maker in Monkton, sold tickets on a light carriage, won by Dr. McKenzie. Dr. McKenzie, who did not need another carriage, auctioned off the buggy that same night.  The proceeds of the sale went towards the beginning of a new library housed in Hord's store on the corner of Madison and Winstanley St. with William Hord, appointed as librarian.

A total of $50 dollars in books was initially purchased, and later that month an additional $150 was spent on books. The membership fee was set at 25 cents per year and within the first few weeks of opening over a hundred members had joined. As the library grew it was moved several times along Winstanley St . The Monkton Women's Institute was the main support for the library until grant systems came into effect. They started a building fund in 1926 and in 1951 they purchased a new library building. Card parties and bake sales provided money towards the purchase of new books. Then in 1990, Elma and Logan Townships jointly purchased the Post Office building and with renovations it became the library you see today.