Job Opportunity

CEO/Chief Librarian

The Hanover Public Library (HPL) is currently recruiting an experienced, energetic, and motivated professional with excellent interpersonal skills to fill the full-time, permanent position of Library Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/Chief Librarian. We are located in southern Grey County, Hanover Public Library is a progressive, innovative community hub with a mission to provide exceptional customer service within the context of a warm and welcoming environment. HPL serves a population of 8,000 and provides programs and services consistent with the needs of multiple generations of library users.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Library Board, the Library CEO/ Chief Librarian is responsible for the operational and financial management of Hanover Public Library and for advancing the Library’s strategic direction in a manner that reflects the organization’s mission, vision, and values. The Library CEO/Chief Librarian serves as Secretary/Treasurer and advisor to the Library Board and as its primary representative to the community, community organizations, media, municipal administration, and other levels of government and professional organizations.

The successful candidate will:

  • Ensure that the Library is operated in accordance with relevant legislation and best practices
  • Develop policies and procedures to guide efficient and effective library operations
  • Cultivate a good working relationship with the Library Board and support the Board in it’s governance role.
  • Have demonstrated leadership skills with a team-oriented management style, ability to champion customer service excellence and delegate authority wisely.
  • Provide vision and guidance to Library staff, Board members, and the community
  • Develop, strengthen and foster relationships with the municipality (Council and staff), businesses, community organizations, media, other libraries, government, professional organizations and potential funders
  • Contribute to effective decision-making regarding library services and resources
  • Apply change management strategies to assure effective implementation of change and acceptance by all stakeholders
  • Establish strategic financial management processes, using sound business and financial judgment
  • Develop the library budget in conjunction with the Library Board ensuring alignment with the Library’s strategic plan; being prepared to advocate for adequate resources to meet the library’s goals.


  • The preferred candidate will possess the following qualifications:
  • Master of Library and Information Science from an accredited school including demonstrated administrative and financial expertise as well as a strong working knowledge of relevant computer and telecommunications technologies.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years of progressive management and supervisory experience.
  • Proven skills in all aspects of supervision including team leadership, training, hiring, evaluating, coaching, and motivating staff.
  • Demonstrated understanding of emerging trends, new technologies, and advancements in public libraries and customer-centered service.
  • Be a strategic and innovative thinker with demonstrated capacity for planning, problem solving, results orientation, analytical skills and creativity.
  • Be highly effective at facilitation, communication, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Proven track record in organizational leadership, strategic planning, service excellence, public relations, marketing and partnership development

Full Job description available below:


Hiring will be subject to the successful submission of a Criminal Record, Judicial Matters and Vulnerable Check, and verification of education and experience requirements. A detailed job description is available upon request. Please email Brenda Booth at The salary range is presently $85,955.00 to $99,990.80 (or $47.25/hr to $54.94/hr)

Applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume in confidence by 3:00 p.m. on January 12 2024 to: Brenda Booth at

The Hanover Public Library is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. Accommodations are available throughout the recruitment process. Applicants must self-identify and make their accessibility needs known in advance. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. Information is collected solely for the purpose of job selection under the provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

How to place holds on Koha

How to place holds on Koha

How to place holds using the online catalogue

It’s easy to request items or “place holds” online! There are 4 basic steps.

If you don’t have a username and password for your library account, or you’ve forgotten what it is, contact us! You can come by the library, call us at 519-364-1420, or e-mail us at

Once you have your username and password, visit the library’s website:

Step 1: Find Koha

On the left side of the page, you will see a blue square with the word “koha” on it. Click on the word ‘koha.” If you have a phone or small tablet, scroll down to find “koha” below the menu.

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Step 2: Log in to your account

On the right hand side of the screen is a place for you to sign into your account. Enter your username and password and click log in.

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Step 3: Find items

Now you can see what’s available and place holds on items you want to borrow. You can search by title, author, or subject.

Browse the quick links

If you want to see what’s new in our collection, click on Home and scroll down to the list of links.

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Use the search bar

You can also use the search bar to search for a specific item. We will search for “Summer Island” by Kristin Hannah.

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If you want to learn more about the item, click on the title.

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Step 4: Place the hold

Click on “Place hold” to put the item on hold. Your name will be added to the list of patrons waiting to borrow this item when it is available.

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Click “Confirm hold.”

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You will now see the confirmation page.

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You will receive an phone call or e-mail when the item is ready for you to pick up.

Changing your password

When signing into your account for the first time, be sure to change your password to something only you know, not something that will be easy for someone else to guess.

Scroll down your account page until you see the link “Change my password,” and click on that link.

Follow the prompts to change and confirm your password.

You are now ready to place holds!

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Ready to place your holds? Choose a selection below!

New fiction

New non-fiction

New DVDs

New large print


No More Late Fees for Children’s Items

Children’s items are now fine-free!

The Hanover Public Library is pleased to announce that for 2023, we will not be charging late fees on overdue children’s items. You heard that right!

We know how important it is to introduce children to reading, so with that in mind our library Board has decided to stop charging fines on overdue children’s materials.

Families with children might borrow a lot of items at once so a daily fine per item that is overdue adds up very quickly, which is unfair. We want to remove that barrier because we know that introducing children to books at a young age sets them up for success in life. We want to encourage everyone to introduce their children to reading!

We will continue to charge for children’s items that are lost or damaged.

We will still be charging fines on young adult and adult materials so items are returned promptly and we can continue to serve everyone efficiently.

Mom and child reading a children's book together.

Territory Acknowledgement

Territory Acknowledgement

We wish to acknowledge and honour the land upon which this library stands as the historic and Traditional Territory of the Anishinabek Nation. We recognize and thank The People of the Three Fires, known as Ojibway, Odawa, and Pottawatomie Nations. And further give thanks to the Chippewas of Saugeen, and the Chippewas of Nawash, known collectively as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation.

Map showing Traditional Territory of the Saukiing Anishnaabekiing Saugeen Ojibway Nation Treaties.

Learning about treaties & how they continue to shape the province today is an important part of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Read more about the history of treaties in The Saugeen Ojibway Nation at:

In recognition that municipal boundaries are an ongoing colonial construct that ignores First Nations traditional territories, First Nations people with a status card or band membership of a local First Nation, and who are living in the traditional Saugeen Ojibway Nation lands, including Treaty 45 1/2, will be entitled to free library membership. In the spirit of original treaties, the library shall share its resources with mutual respect. The Hanover Public Library will continue to provide books and materials by First Nations and Indigenous authors in its collection. 

These actions are a part of the Hanover Public Library’s mission as a welcoming and upbeat community hub that fosters lifelong learning.

Watch a Storytime With Stephanie on YouTube

Watch Storytime With Stephanie on YouTube

Join in online, anytime to watch a Storytime with Stephanie. All books presented are from our library, so check the library catalogue to place holds.

Watch most recent episode of storytime here:

Enjoy the full playlist of Storytime videos here:

Loved the book that was read? Place a hold on it from our library catalogue!

Go to the Library Catalogue

Family Trivia

March Break Activities. Links to Kid's page.

Kahoot Family Trivia

Friday March 18th | 1:00 pm

Join us on Kahoot to test your Disney knowledge! Register your family team by emailing All participants will be entered into a draw for our March Break basket, and the winning team will get a prize of their own.

Prenda Coding Club Launch!

March Break Activities. Links to Kid's page.

Prenda Coding Club Launch!

Wednesday March 16th

Come be our beta testers for this new coding program!

No coding knowledge is necessary. Spots are limited and must be reserved in advance. Email to register.