Barrie Public Library - Enriching our Community

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Special Collections

Special Collections

Basic English - This collection has materials in many formats to help adults improve their English language and basic skills. The literacy resources help adults improve their reading, writing, math and other life skills and assist literacy tutors in the tutoring process. The English-as-a-second-language (ESL) materials help learners improve their speaking, reading, writing and understanding of English and include guides for teachers of ESL. Basic English materials may be borrowed for three weeks.

Local History - A research collection consisting of works which relate the history, geography, geology, culture and socio-economic composition of Simcoe County with specific emphasis on Barrie and the surrounding townships of Oro-Medonte, Springwater, Innisfil, and Essa. See our Genealogy and Local History Section for more information.

Ontario Genealogical Society - The collection of the Simcoe County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Association, consisting of historical records, vital statistics, family histories, cemetery transcriptions, and other genealogical resources. See our Genealogy and Local History Section for more information.

Parenting - The Parenting collection has numerous practical books, dvds and videos on the parenting of children from infants through to the teenage years. Basic pregnancy books and videos are also located in this collection. Resources that cover difficult pregnancies or other pregnancy health concerns are located in the adult non-fiction on the main floor. The Parenting collection is located on the second floor, beside the children's picture book area.

CNIB audiobooks - This collection of CDs of fiction and nonfiction is reserved for adults who are visually impaired, or who require assistance in reading.