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Free workshops, classes, and talks are provided throughout the year on topics such as genealogy, the Ancestry Library Edition database, genetic genealogy, research practices, local history and more. Some programs are drop-in while others require registration. The full selection of programs and events can be found by visiting and clicking on Online Calendar.


Library Services

InterLibrary Loan Service - Suspended Until Further Notice

Protest the cuts (detailed below) by signing a petition at any library location; contact your MPP; email comments to; follow/tag #SaveOurLibraries on social media

Budgets for Provincial Library Services Slashed

The Ontario Government has slashed budgets to Ontario Library Services North (OLS North) and Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) by approximately fifty percent. This cut will have a serious impact on libraries across the province. OLS North supports the Thunder Bay Public Library and all other Northern Libraries (from the Manitoba border, east to Sudbury and north to James Bay) including many First Nations Public Libraries and libraries in remote and rural communities. SOLS supports Public Library services in southern Ontario.

OLS North provides support to public libraries in a number of ways, from running the interlibrary loan service to offering training, professional development opportunities and consulting services to Library staff and Boards. OLS North also works with online e-resource vendors to offer consortium buying to Northern Libraries for more affordable access to E-books and other online resources.

TBPL has been notified that interlibrary loan service support through SOLS and OLS North has been suspended until at least May 31st. This will impact TBPL patrons, as they make excellent use of this service, borrowing 1076 items from other libraries in 2018. If TBPL purchased all of these items, instead of borrowing them from other Libraries, our collections budget would have to increase by at least $32,000. Library members across the province, particularly in Northern Ontario, borrowed 2145 items from Thunder Bay Public Library in the same year.

Interlibrary loan service helps to supplement collections for all libraries as they simply can’t afford to buy every new book or audio visual item in every format desired by library members. This service helps to ensure that everyone, no matter where they live, has access to the materials they need to learn, grow and prosper.

TBPL will reinstate this service if and when all Public Libraries across the province are able to take part in this vital service to our community members.  This will likely only happen if funding is restored to Ontario Library Service agencies by the Provincial Government.

Other impacts of these budget cuts are unknown at this time and TBPL will continue to keep the public and Library members informed.

Interlibrary Loan

  • If TBPL does not carry an item, we can try to borrow it from another lending institution in Canada
  • You may request books, articles, archival and genealogical microfilm
  • Make requests for books in person, by phone, or by filling out a form online (books, articles, microfilm)
  • Microfilm requests should be made through the Brodie Resource Library - Reference Services
  • There is no charge for this service
  • Please allow 4-6 weeks for material to arrive

Microfilm Equipment

  • There are 2 microfilm readers and 2 microfilm readers/scanners at the Brodie Resource Library
  • Printing is available from all 4 machines
  • Saving to USB (in PDF format) is available on the 2 readers/scanners

Wi-Fi and Free Internet

  • Computers are available with free internet access at all TBPL branches
  • Wi-Fi is available with free access at all TBPL branches


CollectionsServices & ProgramsAboriginal Genealogy | Other Resources