COVID-19 Service Updates

In accordance with the Province of Ontario's current pandemic guidelines, public libraries can be open to the public with no capacity limits. Masks are no longer required. Those who wish to wear a mask are welcome to do so. We ask everyone to remain considerate and respectful of the personal protective choices of others.

Clients can enter library facilities to access holds, collections, work and study space, public computers, photocopying, and printing at all Pickering Public Library locations. Public computer access is on a first come, first served basis. Clients will need their Library card to log onto the public computers.

Printing fees are waived for all vaccine receipts printed in the Library, at all locations. Staff at the Central Library and George Ashe Library can provide free lamination for vaccine receipts upon request. Please note, the Library does not offer general document laminating services at this time.

Visit for more details on the Province's present day COVID-19 response. 

Many Maker Space equipment and materials are once again available during limited hours for clients to use in the Central Library. Please refer to the Technology and Maker Space page for full details.

Please visit for the most up-to-date information on Pickering’s response as it relates to City services and facility closures.

All Pickering Public Library locations will continue to provide curbside service for holds pick-up during posted operating hours. Drop boxes are also open.

Staff are available during the hours of operation by phone, email, or online chat.

Hours of Operation:

Central Library:

Monday to Friday - 9:30 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday - 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday - 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Claremont Library:

Tuesday - 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Thursday - 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Saturday - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

George Ashe Library:

Monday to Friday - 9:30 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday - 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday - 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Curbside Service

Contactless curbside service remains available at all three locations during the operating hours listed above. The service is available on a first come, first serve basis. No appointments are required.

  • Once you receive notification that your hold(s) are available (via email, phone, or your online account) please visit the Library location where your item is being held during operating hours to proceed with your curbside pickup.
  • Upon arrival, please park in the designated curbside service parking (for Central and George Ashe, please park in the roundabout, while for Claremont please park as close to the front doors as possible). Call the phone number for the location to notify staff of your arrival and open your trunk or lower the window for the unoccupied back seat. Walk-up clients please call the location.
    • Central Library: 905.831.6265
    • George Ashe Library: 905.420.2254
    • Claremont Library: 905.649.3341
  • When you call, staff will ask for your library card number so that they can get your hold items ready, whether you are on foot or driving. If you are driving, staff will ask for the colour and make of your car so that they can deliver your holds to you.

While we get your holds prepared, don't forget our Digital Library remains available 24/7! Visit the Library without leaving your home! Head to our Digital Library to see a full list of online resources!

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