Port Hope Public Library - Port Hope Branch

Library Services

Library Services

Ask us.

If you have questions, we’ll find the answers.

One of the Library’s goals is to help you find the information you need in the most efficient way possible. Whether your question is about fact or fiction, your neighbourhood or the global village, ancient history or current events, we’ll help you find the answer using all the resources we have or we’ll refer you to the person who does have the answer.

Begin your quest for knowledge by contacting the Library

  • in person, at either of our branches
  • by telephone at 905.885.4712
  • by email

Centre for Equitable Library Access Collection (CELA)

Centre for Equitable Library Access Collection (CELA) LogoPort Hope Public Library offers access to a collection of over 230,000 books, magazines, newspapers and described videos in a choice of formats for people with a print disability.

  • Lots of choices including current bestsellers, award-winners, and classics
  • Fiction, non-fiction, self-help, business and more
  • Books for kids, teens, and adults
  • Books in audio, braille or accessible e-book formats
  • Download books or receive home delivery by mail


Access to the CELA collection is available to people who are unable to read conventional print due to a disability, which includes:

  • Learning disability: an impairment relating to comprehension
  • Physical disability: the inability to hold or manipulate a book
  • Visual disability: severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one's eyes

How to sign up for CELA

Contact the Library to begin the registration process for access to CELA services. Access to the collection is offered in a number of ways:

  • Download books to your computer or mobile device, such as an iPhone
  • Download books to a DAISY player over a wireless connection without using a computer
  • Receive audio CDs, Braille or described movies through your local branch or by mail directly to your home

The CELA website can be found at: www.celalibrary.ca

Service to Nursing and Retirement Homes

The Library can offer some services to nursing homes and retirement homes. For further information please contact 905.885.4712 or email.

Interlibrary Loans

The Library is part of the province-wide interlibrary loan system.

Your access to information extends far beyond the walls of our two Library branches. We offer patrons an interlibrary loan system that includes public and academic libraries, and provincial and national archives.

There will now be direct increased costs affecting your public library’s budget with borrowing and lending using Canada Post. Please be advised that item selection and delivery times may differ from previous service levels.

We would like to remind patrons of some interlibrary loan parameters:

  • maximum of 5 interlibrary loan requests at one time
  • $5 charge for any interloans borrowed but not picked up
  • due dates on interlibrary loan items cannot be renewed

Book Club Requests

The Library offers a title request service for local book clubs.

The Library is able to order multiple copies of books for book clubs that have registered for this service. For further information, please contact the Library at 905.885.4712 or email for registration details.