Library Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Hanover Public Library is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19.  There are twenty-nine confirmed cases (cumulative total) in Grey or Bruce County as of late April 7th, and nine of those have recovered. Daily details are available here

Our organization will follow recommendations and guidance from The Grey Bruce Public Health Unit, The Town of Hanover, The Province of Ontario, and the Government of Canada during this ongoing situation.

How we can help:

Library Response to COVID-19:

All in-person library services and programmes are cancelled. The library has been closed to the public as of March 13 due to The Town of Hanover’s decision to suspend all non-essential municipal services. 

See news release here:

Other details here: town-of-hanover-suspends-recreational-services-and-closes-facilities-until-further-notice

Our online services are still available. You can explore our online books, movies, music and more through All you need is your library card.

If your library card is expired we are extending memberships as a courtesy. Please contact us if you need assistance.

We can still offer you references services. Library staff will call back if you leave a phone message and will respond to emails during regular hours. 

This page will be updated throughout this developing situation. 

Remember, do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often and well.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and equipment.
  • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling unwell.
  • You must self-isolate for 14 days when you return from travelling.


The following are trusted resources and useful tools to educate yourself, family and friends about COVID-19.

Local Businesses and Services

Community resources list from Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force

Businesses adapting to serve Hanover

Grey County businesses & services map

Local closures, updated periodically

Ontario – essential workplaces and business restrictions

Grey Bruce Public Health Unit

COVID-19 health line 1-800-263-3456 ext. 3000

Grey Bruce Public Health Unit Web page

Grey Bruce Public Health Unit COVID-19 Information Page

Outbreaks in hospitals and seniors homes

News release March 26. Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health orders international travellers to self-isolate and strongly recommends against non-essential travel to and from Grey and Bruce Counties

Province of Ontario

Ontario Telehealth Phone number 1-866-797-0000

Government of Ontario enacts a declaration of emergency to protect the public

Status of cases in Ontario, affected areas, symptoms, testing and advice

News releases

Coronavirus information in other languages

Government of Canada

Current national outbreak updates, risk information and other resources

World Health Organization

Hand Hygiene tips

The best way to protect yourself and others, with video

How to get a digital library card

How to get a digital library card

During COVID-19 closure period we can offer digital memberships:

These memberships are for people living in or visiting the Grey-Bruce area who would ordinarily qualify for a resident or non-resident membership.

Digital memberships are for digital resources only; no physical materials can be borrowed. We will register new members by phone, email or online self-registration.  No ID required, and as long as we are closed, no fees. Digital memberships are for 3 months. They may be extended if we are closed longer than that.

Go to our online Koha catalogue and look for the Login section. Below that, find “Don’t have an account? Register here.”

If you register online, staff will contact you to confirm your new member number.

Valentine’s Day Floral Workshop

February 12, 2020
6:30 pm
flowers in a vase

Make something special for your Valentine that they’ll really love!

With Angela Ferguson of Little Buds & Posies

Wednesday, February 12 | 6:30 – 8 pm

$60 per person – all materials supplied

Pre-registration by Feb. 5 required