GSPL and Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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October 8th Update

The Greater Sudbury Public Library would like to announce the following changes to our schedule:
  • Beginning on Tuesday, October 13th, the evening hours of our branches will be changing. Please see the schedule listed below for the new hours of operation on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. 
  • Beginning on Saturday, October 17th, the Main Library, the New Sudbury Library, and the South End library will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 AM to 2 PM. 
  • Beginning on Saturday, October 17th, the Chelmsford Library, the Lively Library, and the Valley East Library will be open on Saturdays from 11 AM to 2 PM.
  • Beginning on Monday, October 19th, our remaining four branches will be opening for service. Please see the schedule listed below for the new hours of operation for the Azilda Library, the Coniston Library, the Copper Cliff Library, and the Levack/Onaping Library.  

September 21st Update

The Greater Sudbury Public Library is proud to announce that the Capreol Library and Citizen Service Centre, the Dowling Library and Citizen Service Centre, and the Garson Library and Citizen Service Centre, will be opening for patron use on Monday, September 21st.

Stage 3 Opening Update

Hours for Chelmsford, Lively, Main, New Sudbury, South End and Valley East Public Libraries:
  • Mondays: 9 AM to Noon
  • Tuesdays: 4 PM to 7 PM
  • Wednesdays: 9 AM to Noon
  • Thursdays: 4 PM to 7 PM
  • Fridays: 9 AM to Noon
  • Weekends: Closed

Curbside Pickup by Appointment (buildings are closed):
Mondays to Fridays: 1 PM to 3 PM

Hours for Capreol, Dowling and Garson Public Libraries:
  • Mondays: 9 AM to 2 PM
  • Tuesdays: 2 PM to 7 PM
  • Wednesdays: 9 AM to 2 PM
  • Thursdays: 2 PM to 7 PM
  • Fridays: 9 AM to 2 PM
  • Weekends: Closed

Curbside Pickup is not available at these branches. 

Hours for Azilda and Copper Cliff Public Libraries starting on October 19th:
  • Mondays: 9 AM to Noon
  • Tuesdays: Closed 
  • Wednesdays: 4 PM to 7 PM 
  • Thursdays: Closed 
  • Fridays: Closed
  • Weekends: Closed

Hours for Coniston and Levack/Onaping Public Libraries starting on October 19th:
  • Mondays: Closed 
  • Tuesdays: 9 AM to Noon
  • Wednesdays: Closed
  • Thursdays: 4 PM to 7 PM
  • Fridays: Closed
  • Weekends: Closed

Indoor Safety Protocols:

In accordance with instructions by Public Health Sudbury & Districts, residents are required to wear a face covering or non-medical mask when visiting any indoor City facility and are asked to use hand sanitizer prior to entry.

Branches will have an occupancy limit unique to each location.

Patrons should complete their visit in a timely manner to open access to others.

Books removed from the shelves for reading and/or prolonged handling should be returned to red bins located inside the library. These items are quarantined for seven days. Used items do not include books briefly removed from the shelves while browsing titles.

High touch surfaces, including computer keyboards, will be cleaned regularly during opening hours. Each library branch will be thoroughly cleaned following closing each day.

Washrooms will be open to the public. Coffee service and water fountains are not available.

Some seating areas have been temporarily removed for physical distancing.

Patrons are encouraged to use Debit/Credit cards but cash is accepted.

Library Services:

Computer use is limited to a maximum of 55 minutes per patron and by availability. Every second station will be available each hour on the hour to maintain physical distancing. Staff will be available to provide assistance.

Wi-Fi is available outside each building for extended use. Indoors, patrons are encouraged to limit use to a maximum of 55 minutes.

Staff will provide photocopying and printing services on request.

Reference services are available during opening hours in person and after opening hours via phone messages and email.

Newspapers will not be available to the public until further notice. Staff will photocopy articles on request at no charge.

Puzzles, games, 3D equipment and Makerspace are not available at this time.

Early Literacy Stations have been removed.

Study rooms, boardrooms and meeting rooms are not available.

The Makerspace is not available to the public at this time.

Office supplies, such as staplers and scissors, remain available for public use upon request. These items will be sanitized following use. Staff will provide book bags upon request.

Donations of reading materials are not being accepted at this time.

Donations of cell phone, batteries etc. continue to be accepted provided patrons place the items directly into the donation bins located indoors.

Book sales will not be held at this time.

Volunteer opportunities are not available at this time.

Homebound delivery of library materials is continuing through family members. The volunteer program is scheduled to resume in the near future.

Citizen Service Centres:

Each branch will resume municipal services provided by Citizen Service Centres, including sales of GOVA Transit ride cards, pet registration tags and garbage bag tags.
Additional services, such as licensing, that require one-on-one interaction between public and staff at Citizen Service Centres in Chelmsford, Lively and Valley East will be available by appointment.


Exterior drop boxes should be used for returns rather than returning materials to the front desk of the library.

All returned items and items in close contact with patrons inside the library, such as books read at a table, will be quarantined for seven days.

Late fees remain waived until further notice.

Curbside Pickup

The GSPL is offering curbside pick-up. 

Please visit our Curbside Pickup web page for information about the service.

Library Material

What if I am having trouble with my existing card or difficulty accessing digital resources?

If you require assistance with your library account or any of our digital resources, please submit an online request or contact the Greater Sudbury Public Library via telephone and leave a message. We will respond to messages as soon as possible.

Library staff are also monitoring our social media and you can request a new library card or PIN reset via Facebook Messenger.

What if I don't have a library card, but would like to sign up to access digital items?

If you don't have a library card, but would like to access digital items, please submit an online request or contact the Greater Sudbury Public Library via telephone and leave a message. We will respond to messages as soon as possible to provide you with a temporary library card.

What if I would like to suggest a title?

If you would like to suggest the purchase of an item, please fill out this form.


Effective Wednesday, April 1st, hoopla borrows have been increased from the regular 6 items a month to 10 per GSPL cardholder, subject to change. 

Programs and Services

The GSPL programming team is working hard on bringing digital programs to you in the comfort of your home. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Keep checking our website and social media for more information about Library programming.

When can I expect programs and events to resume?

All programs and events that were planned at all Library locations have been cancelled at this time.

GSPL Phone Check-In Service

We are pleased to announce the start of the GSPL Phone Check-In Service. 

The GSPL would like to help you stay connected while physical distancing. Whether you want a phone call for book or movie recommendations, or you would just like to chat, we're here for you.

To learn more or sign-up for the service, check out our GSPL Phone Check-In Service page today.

How to Access the Library from Home

If you are unable to visit our branches in person, please note that our digital services are always available!

Download eBooks and audiobooks, flip through magazines and stream movies and music. Online research tools and online learning tutorials are also a great choice. 

For help using any of these services, call or email your local GSPL branch.

Public Health & Safety

For credible sources of information on how to stay informed and be prepared, visit Public Health Sudbury & District, as well as the other websites listed below.

For up-to-date information about COVID-19 in the City of Greater Sudbury, visit the City of Greater Sudbury.

Access to Free Online Resources

The GSPL is working hard to not only bring our own online resources to our patrons, but to bring other important literary resources as well. Our staff has compiled a list of free e-resources, designed to bring content into the homes of library users.

We are proud to announce that included in these resources is the soft launch of the Greater Sudbury Heritage Database.

EBSCO Resources for Patrons

EBSCO would like to offer expanded access to some of their most popular online databases and eBook collections so that library patrons and students have greater access to valuable educational content for use during this extended period of time at home.

last updated: May 15th, 2020