• The Library



The Uxbridge Public Library has been serving the Township of Uxbridge for over 125 years. The Library has two locations, one in downtown Uxbridge and one in Zephyr. Housed in one of Uxbridge's most prominent historical properties, the Uxbridge Branch offers many new and tech-savvy resources, including eBooks, online resources, free internet/wifi, and computer/video games. The Library also hosts fun and educational programming for all ages, including Genealogy Club, a Teen Summer Reading Program, Pre-School Programs, and more.

For more information, visit The Uxbridge Public Library's website at www.uxlib.com, email corrinne.morrison@uxlib.com or call (905) 852-9747.


Location and Hours: Uxbridge Branch

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9 Toronto Street South
Uxbridge, Ontario
L9P 1P7
Ph:  (905) 852-9747
Fax: (905) 852-9849 
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Monday: 10am - 5pm
Tuesday: 10am - 9pm
Wednesday: 10am - 5pm
Thursday: 10am - 9pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 1pm - 5pm (November - April ONLY)


Location and Hours: Zephyr Branch

13000 Durham Road 39
Zephyr, Ontario
L0E 1T0
Ph:  (905) 473-2375
Fax: (905) 473-2375
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Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 3pm - 8pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 3pm - 8pm
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: 10am - 3pm
Sunday: CLOSED


Services and Programming

Our Mission:  We envision our library as a community hub that brings together people, information, and ideas.

Our Vision: We are a modern library that provides universal access in a welcoming and supportive environment. We foster literacy, lifelong learning, and intectual freedom. We honour our past, value our present, and embrace our future. 

Mascots:  Hyde (cat) and Squeak (mouse) 

More than books @ your library
The Library has an impressive collection of:

Public access computers
Downloadable eBooks and Audiobooks
DVDs, and Blu-ray
Talking books on CD
Graphic Novels
Fiction and non-fiction titles
Magazines and newspapers
Large print books
Information and reference services
Juvenile French materials
3 GPS Units
Wii and Nintendo Games
Computer Games 

Browse our online catalogue of over 60,000 items at www.uxlib.com from the comfort of your own home.  If an item of interest is on loan, you can reserve it online yourself or we can reserve it for you.  

Free Internet Access and WiFi
Come in and use the Internet computers or take advantage of the hotspot.  You can even print in colour. 

InterLibrary Loan
If the library doesn’t have what you need, we will try to get it for you from another library.

Suggest an Item for the Collection
We always welcome suggestions for new items for your collection.

A Wide Variety of Programs
In the Adult Department  author readings, workshops, tours, speakers, and other special events are planned for the coming year. 
For children we have three pre-school programs – 'Wiggles and Giggles' with Cathy Reesor, 'Musical Moments' with Kathy Reid-Naiman, and a 'Baby Bundles' program. 
We offer a 'Reading Buddies' program for children in grades 1 through 3. And don’t forget activities during March Break and the Summer for school-aged children.  For more details, please see our monthly newsletter, call us at 905-852-9747 or visit our website at www.uxlib.com.  

Uxbridge Genealogy Club
The Club was founded by local genealogists to share a common interest and to assist those who are trying to trace their roots.  The aim of the Club is to provide genealogy expertise and, in partnership with the Uxbridge Public Library, support to the public in the Uxbridge, Ontario area.  The Club welcomes those that are new to genealogy as well as seasoned veterans to their meetings held the 3rd Thursday of each month.

Friends of the Library
Come and join the Friends of the Library and have the satisfaction of promoting reading and library services to the community.  This year the Friends donated $1,200 worth of BBC DVDs (a big thank you to the Friends!). These items do not stay on the shelf very long!  Stay tuned for their Book Sales and other events. 

Zephyr Public Library
The Zephyr Public Library offers an excellent selection of Adult and Children’s books, magazines, videos, talking books, and reference materials. If it is not in the library, our staff will try to locate it for you.  Computers with Internet access and word processing are also available.  

Let the friendly staff at both of our locations help you satisfy your information, cultural, and leisure needs.            

Help Keep Your Library a Vital Part of the Community....

  • "Volumes of Giving" - a wonderful sculpture of larger than life-sized books designed to be inscribed with the names of special people, groups and businesses.  Look for Hyde and Squeak!
  • Adopt-A-Book - Support a needy book by purchasing a book for the library. Be the first to read the book and also have your name inscribed on a special bookplate.
  • Library Book Bags - We have new, very good quality canvas bags available for sale for only $5.00.

Please call the library at 905-852-9747 for further information about any of the above programs, or check the Library website at www.uxlib.com.  The email address is information@uxlib.com


Uxbridge Public Library - History

Uxbridge LibraryThe Uxbridge Public Library, which stands on the southeast corner of Brock and Toronto Streets was built as a Mechanics Institute in 1887 with money left for that purpose by Joseph Gould. It continued the services of the Mechanics Institute which had been operating out of the Temperance Hall since 1859. When the building was officially opened by the Hon. Ross, Minister of Education, in 1888, he said that "This building is the first donation of the kind in the province, and the library itself is the best in the province for the size of the town." The building became known as the Free Public Library in 1898. It has continued to provide Library service to the Town of Uxbridge until the present time, and since the formation of Durham Region in 1974, has served the Library needs of the whole of Uxbridge Township as well.

The three-storey building is built on a steep slope with the basement opening at ground level on the east to Pond Street, and the second level opening to Toronto Street on the west. The building is of late Victorian style with Gothic proportions and detailing. Brickwork includes bands of red which contrast with the overall buff brickwork typical of the area and period of construction.

The clock tower of the library is one of the most interesting architectural features of the Town of Uxbridge. The library clock was installed on August 16, 1887, by the Seth Thomas Clock Co. of Thomaston, Connecticut, and it still works perfectly 128 years later. The clock remained silent from 1954 to 1999. In December 2000 the Verdin company installed new chimes in the clock tower. The chimes were possible with donations from Uxbridge citizens and businesses.

The basement has been largely renovated, but in such a way as to expose some of the original features. A section of the west wall has been left bare to show the pyramidal stone foundation which tapers from 4' at the base to 2' at the top of the foundation. Two original pine pillars and a beam frame this section.

One other feature of note is the open wooden bannister on the curving stairway leading from the second to the third storey at the north end of the building.

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