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 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)
  • Francis-Joseph Gross
  • Edwin Haas

Library Board Meetings

Regular meetings of the Library Board take place on the 4th Thursday of every month, at 6:00 pm. Meetings are open to the public. Please let the CEO/Chief Librarian know if you wish to attend. Agendas and reports are available on request at the library the week of the meeting.

2019 Meeting Dates

  • January 24
  • February 28
  • March 28
  • April 25
  • May 23
  • June 27
  • July 25
  • September 26
  • October 24
  • November 28

Meeting Minutes


Annual Report

Meet the Staff

  • Agnes Rivers -Moore – CEO/Chief Librarian
  • Norma – Assistant Librarian
  • Lauren – Assistant Librarian
  • Stephanie – Children & Youth Services Librarian
  • Emma – Administrative Assistant and Customer Service Supervisor
  • Peggy, Kay, Kathleen and Mandie – Customer Service Assistants
  • David, Bayden and Shemejah – Library Pages
library staff photo
Agnes, Peggy, Emma, Espe and Lauren