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About this Library

So what is there to discover?

Southampton’s first library was a private collection of books James Howe collected when he relocated from England in 1851. Because he loved books so much, Mr. Howe opened up the private collection in his home to share them with the community. In 1896, the library was made a public library and in February 1912, Mr. Howe donated over 5,000 volumes and the building to the Town of Southampton.
A new library building was constructed in memory of H.C .Shields’ late wife, Etta Shields. It opened on October 27, 1956 and is also known as the Etta Shields Memorial Library. Bruce County Library Board took over operations of the Southampton library in 1967.

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Library Features

  • Black & White Printing
  • Book Return
  • Energy Monitor Kits
  • Exam Proctoring
  • Faxing
  • Fishing Rods & Tackle
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Geocaching Kits
  • LCD Projector
  • Public Use Computers
  • Projection Screen
  • Scanning to USB

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Accessible Street Parking
  • High Visibility Keyboard
  • Optical Trackball Mouse

Become a Member

If you are a Bruce County Resident, you can become a member free of charge by completing a library card application at any of our 17 Branch Library locations.

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