Our History

A public library was first established in Hanover in 1895, when the Mechanic’s Institute Board of Directors applied to the Provincial Legislature to create a public library under the newly established Public Libraries Act, 1894. The early collection was housed in various places until the Town applied for a grant from The Carnegie Foundation to construct a permanent library building, which was completed in 1912. The Library, Town Hall and Civic Theatre underwent extensive renovations in 1995 to become the Civic Centre we know today.

In accordance with The Public Libraries Act, the library is governed by a volunteer Library Board, and funded by the Town of Hanover with support from the Province of Ontario.

Our Vision

Your library, your destination to discover and uncover life’s possibilities.

Our Mission Statement

To be a welcoming upbeat community hub, enhancing the quality of life for all, empowering everyone to reach their potential through access to resources and activities for relaxation and lifelong learning.

Our 5 Year Strategic Plan

Library Board Members

  • Kathi Maskell (Chair)
  • Susan Sakal (Vice Chair)
  • Brenda Booth
  • Andrew Edgcumbe
  • Steve Fitzsimmons (Council Appointee)
  • Edwin Haas
  • Joan Roseborough

Library Board Meetings

Regular meetings of the Library Board are held at 6:00 pm on the 4th Thursday of every month, up to ten months of the year. Meetings are open to the public. Please let the CEO/Chief Librarian know in advance if you wish to attend. You can request meeting agendas and reports at the library the week of the meeting. Use our contact page or email the CEO/Chief Librarian before the meeting date if you wish to be sent an electronic copy of the meeting agenda. If you wish to speak to the board, you must contact the CEO/Chief Librarian at least a week before the meeting date arrange for a delegation or presentation to the board.
Policy Committee meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 2 pm. Please also let the CEO/Chief Librarian know if you wish to attend a committee meeting.

COVID-19 response – to ensure physical distancing, Board meetings may be held electronically, by Teleconference (telephone conference call) or Zoom (video call). Members of the public wishing to attend please contact the CEO for the location, phone number or Zoom meeting code. Please arrive a few minutes before the meeting is due to begin and introduce yourself.

2022 Meeting Dates

  • January 27
  • February 24
  • March 24
  • April 28
  • May 26
  • June 23 (in person at Hanover Raceway)
  • July 28 (By Zoom) This meeting will include a closed session.
  • September 22
  • October 27 (cancelled)
  • November 24 (in person, Civic Centre Saugeen Room)

Meeting Minutes


Annual Report

Meet the Staff

  • Agnes Rivers-Moore – CEO/Chief Librarian
  • Norma – Assistant Librarian
  • Stephanie – Children & Youth Services Librarian
  • Mandie – Library Assistant – Technology
  • Carolyn – Library Customer Service and Administrative Assistant
  • Peggy, Kay, Mandie, Laura-Lee and Toni – Customer Service Assistants
  • David, Trueane and Oliver – Library Pages
  • William – Computer help
library staff photo
Agnes, Peggy, Emma, Espe and Lauren