Library Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Hanover Public Library is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19.  There are ninety-one confirmed cases (cumulative total) in Grey or Bruce County and eighty-four of those have recovered as of May 26th. That is 0 new cases in the past 24 hours. (A few false positives have been removed from the cumulative total.)
Daily details are available here – situation reports now including locations.

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:

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

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

NEW! If you don’t have a membership, we can sign you up for a Digital Membership – online, by email or by phone. This gives access to our ebooks, streaming video, Great Courses and more. See how to get a Digital membership here

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 to keep yourself informed and find supports for yourself, family and friends during COVID-19.

Local Businesses and Services

Businesses adapting to serve Hanover

Grey County businesses & services map

Ontario – essential workplaces and business restrictions

Community Supports

Help for seniors and vulnerable people to get meals or essentials delivered

The Do connects people who need assistance with people wanting to volunteer

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

Talking to Kids about COVID-19

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

Further research & reading

Know the risks of COVID and how to avoid them

Mental Health Resources

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support

Mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic

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.

Winter Planter Demo with Jeff Davis of Davishill Nursery

November 19, 2019
7:00 pmto8:00 pm

Cancelled due to weather conditions and rescheduled for Tuesday Nov. 19 | 7 pm

Jeff Davis of Davishill Nursery will show you how to create a beautiful winter planter. Learn from the expert and keep your porch beautiful all winter long!

Location: Saugeen Room, Hanover Civic Centre

Admission: $3/ person

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Digital magazines now available from RBDigital

Digital Magazines are now available with RBDigital

RBDigital Magazines is the world’s largest digital library newsstand, offers full-colour, interactive digital magazines. Browse the library’s collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.

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  • Current issues —  New issues appear automatically in the library’s collection once available and are ready for immediate checkout.
  • Easy browsing — Browse your library’s collection of titles one at a time, by title, by language or by category.
  • Read Instantly — Read within your library collection on a mobile device/tablet, or your computer (both PC and Mac.)
  • Download to Apps — Download checked out magazines to apps to read offline for iPad®, iPhone®, Android™
  • No limits — Check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account indefinitely.

Visit the library to get signed up or go to to get started today!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Give your child a great head start in learning before they start kindergarten. Reading to your child helps them get a head start in life in so many ways.

The objectives of this program are:

  • to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers
  • to encourage parent and child bonding through reading

How to get started: Register your child with the Hanover Public Library & track what is read. At every 100th book come in to the library to report on your progress and get a prize! Your child will earn a final prize at the 1000 book mark!

Find more information here:

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