Huron County Library received prestigious award for Digitized Newspaper project

Huron County Library received prestigious award for Digitized Newspaper project

The Huron County Library is honoured to receive the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) Archival and Preservation Achievement Award for the Huron County Digitized Newspaper project.

Virtually presented to library staff at the OLA Super Conference on Feb. 2, 2022, the award recognizes significant achievements in the field of preservation and/or conservation for library and/or archival materials.

Beginning in 2014, the digitization project has been a collaboration between the Huron County Library, Huron County Museum, the County of Huron, and the local community. The project has resulted in the digitization of more than 350,000 local newspaper and magazine pages from microfilm and hard copies. This collection preserves more than a century’s worth of local history from communities across the County.

“The Huron County Library has always been one of the most modern and innovative library systems in the province.” said Huron County Warden, Glen McNeil, “The Digitization Project is just one example of its leaderful and progressive work. Congratulations to everyone involved in this project. The recognition received is well deserved.”

The online collection brings together newspapers and magazines, spanning from 1848 to 2019, in one convenient location that anyone can access, for free, from anywhere there is an internet connection. Over the past two years, as libraries and museums were shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers, students, researchers, historians, and genealogists could still easily access Huron County history from around the world. In 2021 alone, the digitized newspaper collection received close to 20,000 visits, making it one of the most popular online resources that the County of Huron offers.

“The digitization project serves as an important contribution to improving access to community history for researchers, historians and genealogists, who continue to expand our understanding of our rural past,” said Beth Rumble, Director of Cultural Services and County Librarian. “New content is being digitized and added to the collection on an on-going basis, further preserving our archival resources for generations to come.”

Support for this project from the community has helped shape the success of this project.

“We appreciate how the news of the day provides tidbits and notes of interest to many researchers and are impressed how this remarkable project has evolved to become a rich asset to our community,” said Rhea Hamilton-Seeger, on behalf of the Huron County Historical Society. “We are proud that this unique resource was made possible through the foresight of the Huron County Museum and Huron County Library and is used not only in Huron, but across the digital world.”

With members across Canada and the United States, the Huron County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS), having access to this digital collection has helped those researching their families’ Huron County roots.

“Newspapers provide a snapshot into our ancestors’ lives that is not available in government records,” said Huron County Branch, OGS, Chair Debra McAuslan. Having these available digitially for much of Huron County is a unique resource for an rural area in Ontario and we are grateful to the Huron County Library and Huron COunty Museum for making this possible.”

The full collection can be accessed from both the Huron County Library and the Huron County Museum websites or by directly visiting

Watch the award presentation on YouTube: Ontario Library Association Awards Ceremony 2022 (presentation to Huron County Library starts at 35:15)

Huron County Library moves to curbside service

Huron County Library moves to curbside service

For the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and communities, the Huron County Library has moved to curbside service at all 12 branches.

Until further notice, all branches will be closed to in-person browsing. Computer use is limited to half hour sessions and must be booked ahead with local branch staff. Patrons can also contact their local branch to arrange for vaccine receipt printing and pickup.

Throughout this time, library patrons will continue to have full access to the library’s online catalogue to place holds on materials for pick-up at their local branch. Please visit the library’s online catalogue or call your local branch for assistance. Borrowed materials should continue to be returned at any library book drop, which will remain open.

All Huron County Library card holders can also access all of our online resources from home, including cloudLibrary, Kanopy, Hoopla, and more!

If you require any assistance with placing holds on materials, accessing online services, or renewing or setting up a new library card, please call your local branch during operating hours – branch staff are available to help!

To stay up-to-date on the latest developments in regards to branch hours and services, please follow the Huron County Library on Facebook or visit

Huron County Library launches new online catalogue

Huron County Library launches new online catalogue

The Huron County Library is excited to launch a new, mobile-friendly online catalogue through Bibliocommons.

The new catalogue offers smarter searching, better browsing and improved personal features that allow you to create personal reviews, build lists, and share your favourite reads with the Huron County Library community! Here is a quick overview to help get you started:

Create an account

To start, visit When logging in for the first time, you will be asked to create an account. Use your Huron County Library card number and PIN to complete the quick online account setup form.

Create a username

Once you first log in, you can customize your user name. Please note that this will be visible to other users and will be displayed if you review materials or create lists to share.

Provide your email address

To use the Forgot Password feature, you will need to add an email address to your account. We will never send you unsolicited emails.

Your library dashboard includes:

  • Your account information
  • Current checkouts
  • Holds and In-Transit items
  • Your shelves and lists
  • and so much more!

Searching and borrowing

Searching for materials has never been easier. Type what you’re looking for into the search bar at the top of the screen and get the most relevant results first. Instead of 10 listings for the same title, all book formats will be grouped together so you can find what you want faster.

Placing holds

Item availability is now easier to see with colour-coded text: green for available items and red for items you’ll have to place on hold. Place holds directly from your search results! If you always use the same library branch, select it as your preferred location and turn on One-Click Holds. This allows you to place holds and have them sent to your home branch in just one click! From your Library Dashboard, manage your current checkouts and holds. Renew items, pause holds if you’re going on vacation, change your pickup location, and more!

Account privacy

The catalogue has many great features that allow you to share what you’re reading, watching, and loving. Before you get started, it’s important to understand what you’re sharing publicly and what is kept private.

Always private:

  • Current checkouts, holds, and fines
  • Your PIN/password
  • Your borrowing history, if you’ve enabled it

Public activity that can be made private:

  • Your activity feed, which includes comments, ratings, etc.
  • Any books you add to your Completed, For Later, or In Progress shelves
  • For help with your privacy settings, please speak directly to branch staff. We’re always happy to help!

Get social

After you review your privacy settings, start connecting with library users in your community, rate and comment on materials in the catalogue, tell us what you’ve loved, and more!

Try our new catalogue now!

Visit and get started!

Access to our old catalogue will be available until Dec. 31, 2021. If you have used the My Lists option in the old catalogue, please begin to migrate them over to the new catalogue before the end of the year. 


If you have any questions or concerns while using the new site, please speak with your local branch staff or email

Huron County Library goes fine free

Huron County Library goes fine free

The Huron County Library is very pleased to announce that starting Jan. 1, 2022, the library will no longer charge fines on overdue materials.

While the collection of overdue fines has been temporarily halted since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Huron County Library Board voted unanimously to permanently end this practice, further removing barriers for Huron County residents accessing library services.

During the pandemic, existing inequities in Huron became even more evident. Through these challenging times, access to library resources have increasingly become a priority as a way to engage and support the physical and mental well-being in local communities. The Huron County Library values inclusive and equitable access to information for all, and eliminating fines will help close to 1,000 patrons regain access to Library services.

“There is growing evidence from libraries across the country and beyond that the revenue generated from collecting overdue fines is not worth the barrier it creates to accessing library resources,” said Director of Cultural Services and County Librarian, Beth Rumble. Evidence from other library systems has also shown little difference when items are returned after removing overdue fines. “Library users want to continue to use the library and we look forward to welcoming back our patrons to our branches.”

“Huron County’s libraries play an important role in supporting education and literacy in our communities,” said Huron County Library Board Chair, Jim Dietrich, highlighting the importance of equal access to the library and its services regardless of one’s financial situation. “Going fine-free will support those in our communities who need it the most.”

All outstanding overdue fines will be forgiven effective Jan. 1, 2022. Fines will, however, be charged on overdue Interlibrary Loans. Fees will also continue to be charged for lost or damaged materials.

For those ready to reintroduce themselves to the library, visit any one of the 12 branches located throughout the County or visit the Library online