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June 25, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - June 26, 2016

Online Catalogue Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable on Saturday, June 25 from 9:00 p.m. to Sunday, June 26 at Noon for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

June 16, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - June 19, 2016

Online Catalogue Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable on Sunday, June 19, 2016 between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

June 6, 2016

New online program registration option coming June 27th

Milton Public Library is transitioning to a new online program calendar. Beginning June 27, patrons will have the option to self-register for all programs and pay program fees online. Additional features include real-time updates of seats available, confirmation of registered seats and the ability to find programs by location and audience. Note that a valid library card is required for self-registration. Programs registered with your library card will appear in your library account for your reference.

Patrons may continue to use telephone and staff assisted options to register as well. Please visit our Circulation Desk at either our Main Library or Beaty Branch to obtain your library card today.

April 26, 2016

Milton Public Library Leverages Technology to Support
National Autism Awareness Month

In celebration of April as National Autism Awareness Month, Milton Public Library (MPL) is proud to launch a customized digital Card Deck, “MagnusCards”. MagnusCards is a free app that combines a proven method of instruction with elements of game design to help people build valuable life skills. The digital Card Decks provide step-by-step directions for various social interactions, situations, behaviours and activities. For example, grocery shopping, taking public transportation, cooking, and now, visiting the Milton Public Library.

MagnusCards are powerful allies for individuals with special cognitive needs, their parents, siblings and teachers. This unique app helps family and friends to prepare for community outings, practice skills and routines, manage tasks with less anxiety, and explore community environments with greater independence. MPL developed five different Card Decks for its custom app, including: registering for a library card, using the library catalogue, finding library items, using self check-out to borrow library items and returning a library item.

Milton Public Library’s involvement in this app demonstrates the Library’s commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. “The Milton Public Library strives to be inclusive of all its community members, regardless of age, ability, socio-economic status or any other factors”, shared Anne O’Sullivan, Manager of Information Services & Programming. “We are happy to have had the opportunity to contribute to this app and expand our services to the Milton community”.

Join Milton Public Library to learn more about the app MagnusCards. Refreshments will be provided.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 10
  • Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Main Library
  • Register: Call Anne O’Sullivan, Manager of Information Services & Programming at 905-875-2665 ext 3260 or email

April 21, 2016

2016 One Book, One Milton Selection Announced

Margaret Atwood and The Heart Goes Last

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood One Book, One Milton logo

One Book, One Milton 2016 promises to be an unforgettable series of events culminating with one of Canada’s foremost literary figures, Margaret Atwood, live and in-person at the Milton Centre for the Arts on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Milton Public Library invites the community to connect through the shared experience of reading and discussing The Heart Goes Last. Events and activities are planned around themes found in Margaret Atwood’s recently released book.

Visit to purchase tickets for this exclusive Margaret Atwood evening and to learn more about the related upcoming series of events. Borrow, download or purchase a copy of the book to read and enjoy.

April 6, 2016

Colour Printing Now Available

We are pleased to announce that colour printing is now available at both the Main Library and Beaty Branch.

  • Colour prints: 40¢ per page
  • Black and white prints: 20¢ per page

For more information, please speak to a staff member at the "Ask Us" desks.

April 1, 2016

Special Main Library Hours on Monday, May 9th

Please note the Main Library (1010 Main Street East) will be closed the morning of Monday, May 9th to support annual staff development. The hours of operation on May 9th will be 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Thank you for your understanding.

March 14, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - March 21, 2016

Phone Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's phone system will be unavailable on Monday, March 21, 2016 for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • There will be no incoming or outgoing phone service to the Library.
  • The automated telephone circulation system will be unavailable.
  • There will be no telephone notification of holds and overdues for the duration.
  • TTY service will be unavailable at times.

Online and in-person services are unaffected.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

January 12, 2016

Sherwood Community Centre and Library Plans Advance

At its meeting on January 11, 2016, the Town of Milton’s Committee of the Whole approved a staff report (COMS-001-16) and Component Study confirming the facility components, space allocations, and capital cost estimates for the next planned community centre in Milton, the Sherwood Community Centre and Library.

The facility will be located on the north side of Main Street West, just east of Tremaine Road and adjacent to the recently developed Sherwood District Park. The study recommends the following facility components: a branch library; a twin pad arena; an aquatic centre (a 25-metre, six-lane pool and a leisure/therapeutic pool); an active living studio, an older adult activity area (lounge, activity room and/or small kitchen along with access to shared spaces with the centre); and multi-purpose space. Other components may be considered during future phases of the planning process. Outdoor recreation facilities on site may also be considered but are not included in the current cost estimates.

“On behalf of Milton Council, we are looking forward to collaborating with the Milton Public Library in this joint community centre,” said Town of Milton Mayor Gord Krantz. “As planning for the facility progresses, our main goal will be to meet the recreation, leisure and cultural needs of our growing and changing community.”

“It is an exciting time at MPL”, said Library Board Chair, Brad Boehmer. “Working with the Town to develop a new Branch Library as a component in this multi-use facility is something we have been anticipating for years”.

The estimated capital budget for the Sherwood Community Centre and Library is $50 million, with the opening anticipated for late summer or fall 2018.

The next phase of the planning process will be to undertake the business plan to assess service delivery options and to fully assess the operating costs and revenues that will impact future budgets. The subsequent phase would require the retention of project management and architectural services to begin design of the facility, pending Council approval. Opportunities for public input will be announced in future project phases.

For more information on the Sherwood Community Centre and Library, to view the staff report and to keep up-to-date on this project, visit

For media inquiries, please contact:

Steve Palmer
Acting Director, Community Services
905-878-7252, ext. 2581

Liliana Busnello
Communications Specialist
905-878-7252, ext. 2154

January 6, 2015

Milton's Top Ten Reads of 2015

One Book, One Milton selection 2015

What were Milton's favourite reads of 2015? Check out our lists of the top ten books, ebooks and eaudiobooks read by Adults, Young Adults and Kids. Some may surprise you!

October 28, 2015

Ontario's Culture Strategy

The Provincial Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS), is looking to develop a Cultural Strategy that aims to connect all Ontarians to the broadest range of services. The Ministry defines culture as:

“… the way we remember, tell and celebrate our stories.”

To help guide their approach the Ministry would like as many Ontarians as possible to provide feedback directly to them on the aspects of culture that are important to you and which of course, includes public libraries.

At Milton Public Library we understand the importance of ‘telling and celebrating’ stories and we urge you to take a few minutes to connect with the province to tell your story and the role the library plays in your life.

October 7, 2015 - Updated October 20, 2015

Ontario Public Library Week

Ontario Public Library Week

Ontario Public Library Week (OPLW), October 18-24, 2015, celebrates the important contribution that Ontario’s public libraries play in supporting the economic health and quality of life of our communities by fulfilling many of their information and leisure needs. Each year, since 1985, during the third week in October, public libraries across the province celebrate and promote this annual program of events.

Join us and get engaged with this year’s theme Celebrate Your Library

October 18 - 24
All Ages
Poetry / Prose Board
Tells us how you feel about your library – in rhyme or prose – on the bulletin board.
Main Library & Beaty Branch
October 18 - 24
The Evergreen Award™ Voting
Participants in the Adult Summer Reading Club will vote for their favourite read from the 10 nominated titles – what’s it going to be?.
Main Library & Beaty Branch
October 18
Celebrating Stories
Celebrate Canadian authors, illustrators, and storytellers. Enjoy musical entertainment and interactive reading/writing sessions
Milton Centre for the Arts
October 22
All Ages
Crafty Pumpkins
Drop-in to make a quick and fun pumpkin craft.
Beaty Branch
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
October 22
Poetry Slam
Come and share your favourite poems.
Main Library
October 22
All ages
Scavenger Hunt
Be the first to complete the hunt for a chance to win a prize...all while getting to know your library a little better.
Main Library & Beaty Branch
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

June 30, 2015 - updated August 8, 2015

New Online Catalogue is Here - What You Need to Know

A more user friendly online catalogue experience is on its way in July!

Below is what you need to know before, during, and immediately after the transition to the new catalogue.


Beginning July 15th

You can now access your library account via the new catalogue.

Please note: There are some known issues that we are working through and expect to be resolved over the next couple weeks. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

  1. How do I log into my account?
    Select "login" at the top right hand corner and log in with your library barcode and pin. Click your name at the top right hand corner to view your account details.
  2. Do I have to enter my library barcode each time I log in?
    No. When you first log in you will need to log in with your library barcode and pin. You will be able to create a username with which you can log in. If you ever forget your username, you can login with your library barcode.
  3. How do I create a username?
    In your account, select "Edit Account". Enter your username in the "Alias / Nickname" field and submit.
  4. Can I start tracking my reading history again?
    In your account, select "Reading History". Select "Save Reading History" to begin recording a list of everything you borrow from the library from that point onward. Even after you've returned items, they will stay on this list for your reference. You can opt-out at any time.
  5. Can I cancel some or all my holds?
    Log in to your account and check off any holds you no longer want. Select "Update List" and you will be prompted to confirm your update. Select "Yes" to proceed. Please note: If you select "Cancel All", all your holds will be cancelled. You will be prompted to confirm. Select "No" if this is not what you wanted to do.
  6. What happens to my suspended holds from the old catalogue?
    Suspended holds will reactivate once the new catalogue becomes available. Log in to your account and "freeze" any holds that you wish to suspend. When you are ready for them, you can "unfreeze" them.
  7. What happened to the New Items lists?
    View New Items here.
  8. I just read a fantastic book that everyone should read? How do I get the word out?
  9. You can rate and add reviews to any title in the catalogue.
  10. Can I see all material about Cats written just for adults?
    Yes. When you complete a search you can further limit by Audience.
  11. My project is due tomorrow! Can I see what is available now?
    Yes. You can limit your search to what is presently Available.
  12. Will the old catalogue still be available?
    Once account access is enabled again on July 15th you will be accessing your account in the new catalogue and the old catalogue will be retired.

Between July 10th and July 15th

  1. Will the old catalogue still be available?
    On July 10th at 5:00 p.m. access to your account will be temporarily disabled so that patron accounts can be transferred to the new catalogue. You can continue to search for library materials using the catalogue. You will not be able to place holds or update your account during this time.
  2. Will I be able to check out books from the library?
    Yes. You will be able to check out books and other materials from the library during the catalogue switchover.
  3. Will I be able to check out eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMusic?
    Yes. Access to resources in your Online Library will be unaffected by the catalogue change. There may be a brief interruption in service on July 15th when the new catalogue becomes available for the first time.

Before July 11th

  1. Have you created any lists in your library account? Print your lists before July 11th.
    Before July 11th, print your lists and shelves at the Library for free or at home. The following information stored in your library account cannot be transferred to the new system.

    • My Shelves: any information you placed on your Completed, In Progress, and For Later shelves
    • My Lists: any lists you have created
    • Your Recently Returned lists: (if you activated this feature in your online library account)
    • Your Current User Name: you will be able to create a user name for the new catalogue as of July 15th.
    • Any reviews, comments or tags you added to the catalogue.
  2. Will my holds transfer?
    Yes. Any holds you have placed will transfer to the new catalogue.
  3. What about my Libraries on the Go wish lists?
    Wish lists in your Libraries on the Go account are unaffected by the online catalogue change.

Have questions? We're here to help! Just ‘Ask Us’ at the desk.