Markham Public Library
|Vision: Markham Public Library - the Place where Markham's communities come together to imagine, learn and grow.|
|Location||Markham, Ontario, Canada|
|Branches||7 (and 1 under construction)|
|Items collected||business directories, government publications, non-fiction and fiction books, periodicals, genealogy, local history, DVDs, CDs|
|Access and use|
|Budget||$12,307,408 (2012) |
|Director||Catherine Biss, CEO|
Markham Public Library (MPL) is a library system operated by the municipal government of the City of Markham in Canada. There are seven branches in the city, serving about 250,000 residents in Markham. The libraries are managed by the Administration Centre, located at 6031 Highway 7.
In 2008, the system was renamed to the singular Markham Public Library to reflect its status as one unified system. Its current director is Catherine Biss.
While the current library system dates back to the 1970s, there was the subscription based system popular in 19th Century Ontario, the Mechanics’ Institute, operated out of the Old Town Hall on Main Street.
|Angus Glen Library||3990 Major MacKenzie Drive||29,700 square feet (2,760 m2)||157,434||Built 2003-2005
Largest collection in Markham
|Cornell Library||3201 Bur Oak Avenue||25,000 square feet (2,300 m2)||100,000||Opened in 2012|
|Markham Village Library||6041 Highway 7||30,000 square feet (2,800 m2)||120,000||Re-opened with larger premises 2009; site of the Agricultural Hall rink (c.1916) and original home of the Markham Fairgrounds|
|Milliken Mills Library||Unit 1, 7600 Kennedy Road||16,865 square feet (1,566.8 m2)||80,000||Opened in 1990|
|Thornhill Community Library||7755 Bayview Avenue||26,053 square feet (2,420.4 m2)||80,000||Opened in 1975 and renovated in 1989 & 2010|
|Thornhill Village Library||10 Colborne Street||4,283 square feet (397.9 m2)||30,000||Building built 1851, library since 1959 and renovated in 1992|
|Unionville Library||15 Library Lane||13,640 square feet (1,267 m2)||100,000||Opened in 1984 replacing older library and now Old Unionville Library and Community Centre|
|Southeast Markham Library||14th Avenue and Middlefield Road||~20,000 square feet (1,900 m2)||Under construction and planned completion for August 2015 (delayed)|
The Markham Village branch was to first to develop its own library classification system called the Customer Centred Classification (C3). Compared to the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) or Library of Congress Classification (LCC), C3 is more modern and is supposed to be easier for library patrons to find books at the book stacks. The Thornhill Village branch started the migration to C3 in 2009, and C3 is used by the Thornhill Community Centre branch when it re-opened in 2011.
People who work, live, or attend a school in York Region may apply a free membership. Otherwise, a $60.00 annual membership fee will apply. A temporary library card can be issued for the period of 21 days conditionally. During this period, the member could only borrow a maximum of 3 books.
Like many other libraries across Ontario, the Markham Public Library system allows members to check out books and other media.
|Item Types||Loan Period||Renewals||Late Return Fines|
|Books, talking books, music CD,
Children's Kits, CD-ROM (Software), Watt Readers
|21 days||Unlimited renewals (with no holds by other members)||$0.30 per day, up to a maximum of $6|
|Video, Cassettes, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs||7 days||3 renewals (with no holds by other members)||$2 per day, up to a maximum of $6|
|Xbox 360 games||7 days||No renewals allowed||$2 per day, up to a maximum of $6|
|Boomerang||7 days for DVDs, 14 days for books||No renewals allowed||$0.30 per day, up to a maximum of $6|
|Magazines||21 days||No renewals allowed||$0.30 per day, up to a maximum of $6|
|EBook ||up to 21 days||No renewals, but can be borrowed again if the item is available||EBooks automatically expire at the end of period, no late fee|
Other than borrowing books and media, members could also use the following services:
- Attending library programs
- Placing 50 holds per one membership account
- Interlibrary loan service
- Taking out 100 books per one membership account
- Two hours internet access per day per membership account (additional time can be requested)
- Use the Lunaweb, and digital database for in-house research
- Renting meeting rooms
- WiFi Internet
- TeleCirc Telephone Library Service
- Two hours of Microsoft Office or OpenOffice (depending on the branch) per day per membership account
- Library Catalogue access
- Delivery to the home-bound service
- "Angus Glen Library Fact Sheet". Retrieved 2009-12-23.
- "Markham Village Library Factsheet". Retrieved 2009-12-23.
- "Milliken Mills Library Factsheet". Retrieved 2009-12-23.
- "Thornhill Community Library Factsheet". Retrieved 2009-12-23.
- "Thornhill Village Library Factsheet". Retrieved 2009-12-23.
- "Unionville Library Factsheet". Retrieved 2009-12-23.
- Canadian Library Statistics: Public Library Statistics - 2012
- "Community highlights for Markham". 2006 Community Profiles. Statistics Canada. 2007-03-13. Retrieved 2007-08-04.
- "Contact". Retrieved 2009-12-23.
- " "Cornell Community Centre & Library".
- "C3 Customer-Centred Classification: Replacing Dewey for Better Merchandising and Customer Service" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-12-27.
- "Markham awarded the Peter J. Marshall Municipal Innovation Award". Retrieved 2010-08-25.
- "Membership of MPL". Retrieved 2009-12-23.
- "Library Cards of MPL". Retrieved 2009-12-23.
- "Borrowing Service". Retrieved 2009-12-23.
- "Adult Services". Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007-08-04.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Markham Public Library.|