Port Hope Public Library - Port Hope Branch

Library Board

Library Board

Port Hope Public Library Board


The Library Board invites you to explore the services, programs and the facilities offered by Port Hope Public Library.

The Library is governed by an independent Board of Trustees. Board members apply to and are appointed by Municipal Council every four years. The Board is responsible for the effective management of library resources and for the quality of library service.

Board Meetings

Port Hope Public Library Board meetings are held at the Mary J. Benson Branch on the third Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. with the exception of July and August.  On occasion, meetings may have to be rescheduled.  Please check the Calendar section of this website to confirm meeting dates and times.  Members of the public are welcome to attend Board meetings.

 Board Members

The term of the current Library Board is 2015 - 2018. Current Board membership is one Councillor and eight citizen appointees. Board members are:

  • Kathy Dennis, Chair

  • Bruce Bowden, Vice-Chair

  • Greg Burns, Councillor / Deputy Mayor

  • Carol Ann Moore Ede

  • Jan Hill

  • Jennifer Keyes

  • Katherine McHarg

  • Catherine Raby

  • Michael Young

Port Hope Public Library Board invites everyone to read the Annual Report and the Board’s Strategic Plan. Hard copies are also available at the Mary J. Benson Branch and The Hub at Canton.

The Library Board welcomes your questions, comments, and suggestions at any time. Feel free to contact the Library Board by mail or email.

Port Hope Public Library Board, 31 Queen Street, Port Hope, Ontario L1A 2Y8


Branch Development Update  - January 29, 2018

In light of Municipal Council’s decision in December 2017 to terminate the lease with Port Hope Public Library for the space currently occupied by the Garden Hill Branch, the Library Board has spent considerable time reviewing the option of using the upper floor at the Canton Municipal Office for a new library branch.  This review included touring the Canton facility with an eye to as to how the space could best be used as a library, and obtaining the advice of an architect with considerable experience in the design of library buildings.

At its meeting on January 18, 2018, the Library Board passed a motion to make use of the Canton Municipal Office as the new location for a library branch.  This motion is contingent upon a structural engineering report to ensure that the upper floor of the building can hold the weight of the books, and that the costs of the move from Garden Hill and the renovations to the Canton facility are not prohibitive.  The branch at Canton will be subject to a service review of operations to measure its success after a period of time yet to be determined by the Board.

At this point in time, no date has been set for closure of the Garden Hill Branch.  The lease expires in June 2018.

For further information contact Kathy Dennis, Chairperson of PHPL Library Board (libraryboard@porthope.ca / 905-797-2228) or Margaret Scott, PHPL CEO (mscott@porthope.ca / 905-885-4712)