Claremont Library Refresh

The refreshed Claremont Library is now open with a NEW main entrance! Clients can now access the Claremont Library directly, without having to go through the community centre. The new main entrance is for entry and exiting and the previous internal door is now only accessible in the event of an emergency. 

Staff look forward to seeing the community during the NEW hours of operation:

Staffed Hours:

  • Monday: 1 pm - 5 pm
  • Tuesday: 4 pm - 8 pm
  • Thursday: 4 pm - 8 pm
  • Saturday: 1 pm - 5 pm

We are thrilled to welcome clients back into the Claremont Library. Please note, the refresh is still in progress and you will continue to see improvements rolling out. Stay tuned for more exciting enhancements!

While we continue this work, some books and loanable materials may be missing from the shelves. We apologize for this inconvenience! Staff are happy to assist all clients with placing holds and locating additional or alternative materials in the mean time. We appreciate your patience and understanding!


NEW! Extended Access Pilot Program

Have you noticed a new machine outside the new Claremont Library main entrance? As of November 6, 2023, clients who enroll in the Extended Access program can access the Claremont Library beyond the regularly staffed hours. 

Extended Access Hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 10 am - 8 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm

For Extended Access program participants, your updated library card status means you can enjoy the Claremont Library for an additional 41 hours per week (Monday to Saturday).

To enroll in this service, clients will need to complete a registration form in-person at any Pickering Public Library location. The pilot runs until September 2024. 

Were you following the construction progress?

If you missed the progress updates shared on the Library's social media, you can see snapshots of the journey below.

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Claremont Library with furniture and flooring removed, followed by the preliminary demolition, June 2023:
Mid-June 2023 - Preliminary framing of the new public accessible washroom and staff office. 
July 2023 - The staff office is coming along nicely and work continues to move forward for the entire space. 
Early August 2023 - The public accessible washroom has been constructed as well as additional work to the Library staff office.
Mid-August 13, 2023 - The new carpet is in and looks great! 



Did You Know?

The community's input is very important to the changes happening at Claremont Library! Volunteer community members from the Claremont Library Collaborative have been working with staff to explore community input generated across a variety of community engagement activities, and to provide ongoing feedback as the Claremont Refresh takes place. Want to learn more? Check out for information.


The Library would like to express our appreciation to the Claremont Lions Club for generously providing their meeting room space for a temporary pop-up throughout the construction period. This helped ensured library clients could still access their valued library services when the branch was closed.

As part of this renovation, the in-library washroom has been updated into a more accessible facility for all clients to use while visiting the library. This has been made possible with funding from the Province of Ontario.

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