Volunteer at the Library!

Have you ever thought about helping out at the Library? Are you a former Library Volunteer who would like to get back at it? You’re in luck. We are so pleased to be welcoming volunteers back to the Library again!

For Adults

Whether you’re a fresh volunteer or an old pro, you can start by filing out an application form . We will be in touch to discuss your goals and interests, and what may be a great fit for you.

All volunteers will participate in training, and complete vulnerable sector screening. Our team is so appreciative of our hard-working volunteers!

If you’re wondering how you can help, you can find volunteer job descriptions on our Adult Volunteer page.

For Teens

Did you know that you can use Library volunteer hours toward your Community Service Credit for graduation? Just fill out the application form, have a chat with Liz from the Children and Teen Department, and spend some time with her learning what to do. If you have any questions, feel free to email her any time.

Our Teen Volunteer page describes lots of ways you can help.

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to give back to our community, while getting something back in return.

  • School credit!
  • A chance to meet new people!
  • The opportunity to improve lives in the community!
  • Satisfaction of a job well done.
  • An excuse to get out of the house!
  • A feeling of being a part of something!
  • Our gratitude!

Access up-to-date information through our Volunteering page.

Christmas Cheer!

This year we are thrilled to offer a variety of holiday themed programs over the course of the afternoon.

On Saturday December 3rd, between 1 – 3 pm visit the Library Program room to create your very own gingerbread (paper) ornament, I spy, and colouring pages.

In the main area of the library, we will have paper, stickers, and colouring tools to create a letter to Santa. We will mail your letters to Santa for you! The last day to send them in no later than December 9, 2022, to receive a reply before the holidays.

Don’t forget to check out our Winter themed scavenger hunt! From 1-2 pm we will be offering family greenscreen photos which we will email to you the following week. As well as face painting from 2-3 pm.

At 3 pm we are going to have a special story time with some of the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra members. We are beyond excited to once again bring this very popular event back to you!

This year we have a very special guest joining us. We are thrilled to have Santa join us and ask that anyone wishing to be in his area, to wear a mask. The Petawawa Public Library and the Elves Union of the North Pole have requested that we ensure that Santa stays as health as possible to allow him to continue to visit all the boys and girls around the world including those currently in the hospitals, so we ask that everyone (even children) respect this request to wear a mask when in Santa’s area. We look forward to seeing you all at the library!

Giving Tuesday Request

This Giving Tuesday, support information, education, creativity and discovery – support your local library!

On Tuesday, November 29th, 2022, we invite our community to give back by donating to the Petawawa Public Library. We aspire to enhance learning, to inspire discovery and to foster connections through positive, informative, and accessible tools. We’ve been able to provide our patrons with quality and accessible programs free of charge, pilot a fine-free project for borrowing, and continue to grow our literary collections. With the support of our community, we can increase our impact even more!

How to give:

Donating online is easy. Just link directly to the Library’s page on the Canada Helps website. From there, you can direct your donation to Library programming, or to the Library in general. Either way your funds will be put to good use. Choose to make a one-time gift, or donate monthly.

Our charitable registration number is 886487503RR0001.

**All donations made through our online donation form up until November 29th will automatically be registered in a draw for a $5000 gift card via Canada Helps.

What is Giving Tuesday?

After getting your Black Friday Deals and Cyber Monday bargains , Giving Tuesday is a time to give back to your community. Originating in 2012, Giving Tuesday aims for one common goal; encouraging people to do good. The idea caught on and grew over the years, inspiring millions to give back and collaborate with their communities. 

Become a Library Board Member!

Have you ever considered joining the Petawawa Public Library Board? The Town of Petawawa is now accepting applications for Library Board Members.

Library Board Trustee Position Description

The Public Library Act defines the governance of public libraries in Ontario. According to the Act, a person is qualified to be appointed as a member of a board who is:

  • a member of the appointing council
  • at least eighteen years old
  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada within the meaning of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada)
  • a resident of the municipality for which the board is established
  • is not employed by the board or by the municipality or county

In accordance with the Public Libraries Act, s. 10 (2b), municipal council shall not appoint more of its own members to the board than is a bare majority of the board.

The Petawawa Public Library website contains information about the board, library policies, past minutes, and a link to the application form through the Town of Petawawa. The Library Strategic Plan is also available on the library website.

The Role of the Board

Public Library Boards are governing boards, legal corporations with the authority to make policy and to govern the library’s affairs under the Public Libraries Act, RSO 1990, c. P.44.

A board’s duty is to provide comprehensive, effective, and efficient public library service that reflects the community’s needs and builds community capacity.

The stakeholders of today’s libraries expect strong leadership.  Consequently, modern governance must reach beyond ongoing budget oversight and a regular strategic planning exercise to embrace new ideas and forge strong relationships that will support the library in its Mission, Vision and Values.

Petawawa Library Mission Statement

The Petawawa Public Library exists to interact with the community and to provide services and programs that focus on the recreational, educational, informational and cultural needs of the community.

Petawawa Library Vision Statement

The Petawawa Public Library will be a key gathering place for the residents of Petawawa where superior customer service and equal access for all is upheld.  The library will ensure that current technologies, resources and materials are made available to all residents of the Town of Petawawa through either on-site or web-based services.

Petawawa Library Values

  • Access: We aim to eliminate barriers to access for our services and our collections will be barrier free.
  • Community-Centred: We constantly strive to connect with and engage our entire community.
  • Customer Service: We deliver exceptional service for our community.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: We aim to create safe and welcoming spaces for our entire community, and embrace the differences in experiences and worldview.
  • Curiosity: We embrace new solutions and encourage creative thinking.
  • Integrity: We are honest in what we say and do, and follow through.
  • Literacy and Lifelong Learning: We support all forms of literacy and learning for all ages.

 Responsibilities of the Library Board

In accordance with the Public Libraries Act, s. 20, the Petawawa Public Library Board will:

  • Set the vision, mission, and strategic direction for the Library through strategic planning techniques
  • Make policies within the framework of legislation and regulations
  • Oversee the library’s finances in accordance with public accounting principles and requirements and municipal budget policy and procedures
  • Monitor overall effectiveness of the Library in meeting community needs in an efficient and responsive manner and evaluate progress on the strategic plan
  • Hire and evaluate a qualified Chief Executive Officer to implement the strategic plan and to manage the daily operations of the library.

The Library Board has the authority to act on behalf of the library. Individual board members have no authority to act on their own. The board speaks with “one voice.”

Responsibilities of a Board Member

As a member of a library Board, a member must act honestly and in good faith and in the best interests of the library. This mean the interests of the library take precedence over personal interests or those of any group with which the member is associated and or may favour.

Board members must uphold and conduct him/herself in accordance with the Petawawa Workplace Human Rights Discrimination and Harassment Policy. The Library is committed to providing a working environment that promotes mutual respect, provides equal opportunities, and is free from harassment.

Along with the governance and fiscal roles, Library Board members are expected to support and participate in community engagement by: 

  • Sustaining the library as an essential community service
  • Advocating the library’s role in the community
  • Maintaining an open dialogue with the community
  • Building strong relationships with municipal council
  • Participating regularly in activities that build relationships with individuals and organizations that share interests with those of the Petawawa Public Library
  • Developing strategic partnerships with community groups and leaders.

Each member must uphold the overall vision and mission of the Library while acting strategically in the best interests of the public good. Please refer to Governance Policies (GOV-1- GOV-20) for more details on duties and procedures.

 Competencies & Qualifications

The core competencies and qualifications for a Petawawa Public Library Board Member are:

  • Belief that the public Library provides a unique and essential service to all citizens 
  • Ability to seek and listen to input from all stakeholders
  • Ability to approach people and problems with an open mind
  • Ability to actively participate in discussion and deliberation and to attain positive outcomes; and
  • Time and energy

Time Commitment

The Library Board holds 10 regular monthly meetings a year.  The time commitment includes preparation time to read and consider reports and other information on library systems and public trends. Board meetings are generally one to two hours in length.

Board members are encouraged to represent the library on external bodies and committees, such as the Ontario Library Services Board Assembly, if possible. Time commitments may vary.


Library Board Members are not compensated for activities.

Job Posting: Part-time Library Support Clerk

The Library is accepting applications for a part-time library support clerk! If you’re friendly, detail-oriented and and community minded, this might be the job for you!

Continue reading “Job Posting: Part-time Library Support Clerk”

I’d like to access my account online

Visit the Library first

Set up your Membership in person, and you’ll receive the following:

  • Your Library Card with a 14 digit number
  • Your temporary PIN

Set up your online account

  • Go to the Library’s website
  • Click “Login to My Account” (top of the  homepage).
  • Enter your Library Card Number (no spaces) and PIN.
  • You’ll be taken to the registration page.
  • Give yourself a unique username.
    • In the future, you can login without your card number.
  • You’ll be asked to provide your birthdate.
    • This verifies you are not a minor.
    • It is not required, but you may not be able to use all the catalogue features.
  • You’ll be asked to provide your email address, if you did not provide it when you obtained your library card.
    • It is not required.