Even though the Champlain Library is temporarily closed to the public, it is still virtually open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering an array of services and resources for people of all ages in the community.

The Champlain Library is doing its best to keep patrons informed and entertained during this difficult time by offering resources for kids and adults who are at home and looking for interesting things to do. These great ideas are available on the the Champlain Library website and social media platforms. Look for them on Facebook and Instagram!

Alicia Heinzle, Children’s Services Librarian is posting a virtual story time and craft idea every Tuesday morning, kids can also check out the new virtual Lil’ Sprouts gardening activity every Wednesday, and Boredom Buster every Thursday on Facebook.

If you’re looking for a good book, patrons can access a wide selection of popular digital e-books and audiobooks free from the library. With a library card, patrons can borrow from the digital collection by visiting the library’s website at www.bc-cl.ca or by downloading the award-winning one-tap reading app Libby at www.libby.ca. Readers of all ages can select from virtually every subject ranging from mystery, romance, children’s, business and more.

Don’t have a library card? During the pandemic residents of Champlain Township and East Hawkesbury can email their information (name, address, phone and email) to the Champlain Library at [email protected] and obtain a temporary library card. The temporary card will be valid until June 30, 2020, at which time the patron would need to bring in proof of address to validate their card. This card will give you access to our entire e-book and audio-book collection.

For patrons concerned about overdue material, all fines will be forgiven during this time. Please note you can login to your account via our website by using your library card number to renew your books from home.

The Champlain Library looks forward to remaining an important part of your daily life by welcoming you back through its doors when the situation permits. In the meantime, staff members are working hard to engage with patrons virtually. Any comments or suggestions? Please email the Champlain Library at [email protected] Stay home, stay safe and stay connected.