Working & Meeting Space & Zoom Room

The library is a great casual place to meet, have a conversation, or dig into some work. We have comfortable seating areas with tables in both branches for leisure reading or studying.

Meeting room space is available to rent at both branches. If you represent a local group, business or organization that needs space for a meeting or presentation, consider the library.

Zoom Room – video conferencing at the library – this is also available at the library!

Join your online meetings from the library. Reserve a time in our zoom room. Call 613-256-1037 or ask at the front desk for registration – available only at the Almonte branch at this time, coming soon to Pakenham!

Whether your internet is too slow or inconsistent, home is too noisy, or you just want to get out of the house for a meeting. Reserve our zoom room at the library and join your meeting from here.

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Computers, Internet, Tech Tutor, Printing, Scanning & 3D printing

Public-access computers are provided at both branches. They have Microsoft Office and the main web browsers. You can print from them, at 15 cents per page for black and white and 50 cents per page for colour.

Photocopying is available at both branches and scanning is available in Almonte. Black and white photocopies are 15 cents per page and colour photocopies are 50 cents per pageScanning is free. (There is no fax service, but the scanner can scan physical documents or from USB and send via email.)

Free WiFi is available for those who’d like to bring their own laptop, tablet, cell phone, or other smart device. Take a seat in one of our comfortable chairs! The library is a great place to get some work done, do some research, or simply browse.

At each location we have a literacy station computer that includes dozens of games geared towards literacy development for young children.

We have six iPads and tablets to loan for in-library use and Chromebooks and WiFi mobile hotspots for patrons to borrow. The library has a 3D printer, which is useful to our local maker community! Ideas: prototyping projects, small custom toys (figurines, gear toys), models for decor, small repair parts, brackets for shelving etc. 3D printer users need training before using the printer, info here.

Senior Services

The library offers a number of services of particular interest to seniors.

Monthly Seniors bag available full of diversions and fun! More information here.

Free Tech Tutoring – free one-on-one technology support in person, email or by phone

Seniors’ hours – when staff is available to help seniors with reading suggestions and selections.

Almonte: Tuesday and Thursday
10 AM-12 PM

Pakenham: Thursday
12 PM-2 PM

Contact-free pick up – allows residents to place holds and get material without having to browse the collections – please check library hours for available times

Visiting Library Service and CELA – library materials delivered to your home – and CELA provides materials in formats that people with print disabilities can read

Libby & Cantook Station – digital books and audiobooks in English & French

Kanopy – stream movies and documentaries – free to your home device, with your library card

For more specific information, please contact Margo Hay-Goodings at 613-256-1077 or mhaygoodings@mississippimils.ca

Pakenham Memory Lab

The memory lab is a station with all the tools and information you need to convert your old photos and videos into digital formats for preservation, ease of sharing and reproduction.

At this station you can

  • scan pictures, slides and film negatives
  • record vhs tapes to dvds
  • edit videos and pictures
  • record audio clips

Access to these tools is provided free of charge. Bring your own USB drive or blank DVD for storage. Blank DVDs with cases are available at the library for $2 each. Email the Tech Tutor for more details, help or to access. Note: lab is not available during the pandemic lockdown.

Services for patrons with disabilities

Visiting Library Service

Available to people in the community unable to visit the library due to an illness, restricted mobility, or a physical, developmental or visual disability. We can arrange to have books delivered directly to your home. Contact Margo Hay-Goodings  for more information.

Centre for Equitable Library Access

CELA provides public libraries with alternative format collections for library patrons with print disabilities. Community members sign up for public library service at their local public library and, if eligible, are introduced to CELA collections.

For more information contact Margo Hay-Goodings or call the Almonte Branch at 613-256-1037.

Interlibrary Loan

This service is available at both Almonte and Pakenham branches. Interlibrary loan (ILL) offers patrons of the Mississippi Mills Public Library the ability to request materials that our branches do not carry. The request is put through the Ontario interlibrary loan service, and if the material is available it will arrive at the Mississippi Mills Public Library for use by the requesting patron.

A patron may only request three (3) books or audiobooks per week. No DVDs are available via ILL at this time.  Requests for material published within the past 12 months will not be accepted. A librarian will contact the patron when the ILL material arrives – but note: it can take up to 3 weeks to arrive.  Many libraries are not yet participating in the interlibrary loan system, so availability of titles may be limited.

If you require multiple copies of a title for your book club please email ill@missmillslibrary.com with title, author, number required, need-by date and date of your book club meeting. If you have an ILL request, please email ill@missmillslibrary.com