Barrie Public Library - Enriching our Community

Search the catalogue for books, movies, articles, events & more.


PLEASE NOTE: Public Internet Computers and Wireless Access will be unavailable on Sunday, September 24th at the Downtown Branch, while we upgrade our network. The Painswick branch will have all services available.

Senior Staff

Senior Staff

Chief Executive Officer

Marc Saunders

The Barrie Public Library is pleased to welcome Marc Saunders to the role of Chief Executive Officer, beginning on August 2.  Marc comes to the Barrie Public Library with 14 years in senior management roles in libraries.  As a part of his most recent position of Director of Libraries at the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library, Marc spearheaded the creation of a digital newspaper archive and dramatically increased adult and children's programming.  He is passionate about promoting literacy, is a great believer in the value of community partnerships and is very interested in the evolving public library service model.  We look forward to Marc continuing this work with the Barrie Public Library, ensuring the library remains relevant, effective and efficient for our community.


Telephone: 705-728-1010 ext 7500


Director, Business and Development

Chris Vanderkruys

Chris oversees the areas of Development and Fundraising, Finance, Human Resources, Communication, Facilities and Volunteer Services.  Chris is very involved in the community and constantly on the go.

Telephone: 705-728-1010 ext 7137


Director, Customer Experience

Lauren Jessop

Lauren oversees the areas of Public & Branch Services, Literacy, Programming, and Community. 

Telephone:  705-728-1010 ext 7007


Manager, Literacy, Programming, and Community

Jane Salmon

Jane is responsible for our services and programming for adults, children, and teens. She works closely with the area schools and provides information for parents. Jane graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in painting, art history and photography and from the University of Western Ontario with a Masters of Library Science degree.  She is passionate about her job working with children and teens.  Her goal is to instill a love of reading and learning for everyone in a library environment that welcomes and values young people.  While Jane loves the arts, she is also a passionate hockey fan! 

Telephone: 705-728-1010 ext 7017


Senior Branch Manager

Genevieve Kwant

Genevieve manages the Public Services function of the library and is responsible for service at the Downtown location. She takes the lead for the library on meeting Accessibility requirements, and meeting our Customer Service demands.

Telephone: 705-728-1010 ext 7130


Branch Manager, Painswick

Vivien Keiling

Vivien is responsible for service at the Painswick location.

Telephone:  705-728-1010 ext 7805


Manager, Human Resources

Julie Ross

Julie is responsible for managing the provision of Human Resource services, policies and programs at Barrie Public Library. She ensures that the Library makes optimum use of its staffing resources, and that best practices in HR are developed and implemented. Julie has a Bachelors degree in Psychology, and a passion for volunteers and volunteer management as a result of overseeing the volunteer program at BPL for eleven years.

Telephone: 705-728-1010 ext 7503


Manager, Collections & Information Technology

Karen Barratt

Karen is responsible for library collections in all formats, the technical services that support these collections, and our Information Technology infrastructure, hardware, and software. 

Telephone: 705-728-1010 ext 7010


Manager, Business and Operational Support

Tracy Latimer

Tracy oversees the finance and facilities of the library, ensuring we meet our financial responsibilities and that our buildings are in good condition.

Telephone: 705-728-1010 ext 7085