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Whitewater Region Public Library

The Whitewater Region Public Library offers patrons lending material (books, DVDs, magazines, museum passes), inter-library loans, printing, scanning, photocopying and many more services at each of its three Branches - Beachburg, Cobden and Foresters Falls.

Whitewater Region Public Library Board is made up of a group of volunteers from the Whitewater Region who are interested in keeping the Library a viable part of the community.  The Board meets 9 times a year at the Cobden Branch of the Library.  The meetings begin at 6:30 pm and are open to the public.

If you are interested in joining the Board please contact the CEO- Debbi McLaughlin at whitewaterpl@nrtco.net.

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Job Opportunities

The Whitewater Region Public Library is looking for a Librarian and Programming Coordinator.  This position is responsible for the administration of library services and planning and carrying out library programming in accordance with the policies of the library.  This position will work between both the Beachburg and Cobden branches for a total of 14 hours per week.

For more information please see the attached files.


Donations to the Library can be made through the PayPal Giving Fund.

Looking for Library Board Members


The Board is seeking members to assist in the governance of the Whitewater Region Public Library Board. The Library has three branches in Foresters Falls, Cobden and Beachburg.

Responsibilites of a Board Member:

Attend and be prepared to participate in monthly meetings that are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month (with the exception of July, August and December).
Discuss and vote on issues pertaining to operating and financing the Library.
Attend and participate in events or promotions the Library may host for the purpose of community involvement and/or fundraising.
Be an advocate for and liaison between the community and the Library.

You must be at least 18 years of age, a Canadian citizen, reside in Whitewater Region, and not be an employee of the Library or the Township.  Interest in literacy and libraries, as well as experience with volunteering and fundraising would be considered assets.  

Send an expression of interest to the attention of Carmen Miller, Clerk @ cmiller@whitewaterregion.ca. Please outline your areas of interest, background and experience.

Library News

Author Series


Applications are now being accepted for the Barbara MacWha Memorial Scholarship.  There are 2 x $500.00 scholarships to be awarded to eligible post-secondary students in the Whitewater Region.  The application is available below.

Young Writers Contest - Beachburg Fair

Write a book about yourself or an experience you've had.  The template for both choices is available at the Cobden and Beachburg branches or on the website or the Beachburg Fair webpage at beachburgfair.ca/creative-writing/.  Books are to be submitted by Sunday, July 7, 2024.  A $10.00 cash prize will be awarded to one winner chosen for each age category - toddler to grade 3 and grade 4 and up.

Whitewater Region Public Library Presents TD Summer Reading Club 2024

Celebrate Canadian authors, illustrators and stories.  Explore the fun of reading and build a lifelong love of reading.  The club is open to kids ages 3-10 and all activities are free!

The club will be in Beachburg on Tuesday, July 9th and Tuesday, July 16th from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm.
The club will be in Cobden on Thursday, July 11th and Thursday, July 18th from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

Join the club by sending an email to sita.librarian@gmail.com to register.

Coffee, Tea and a Chat with Me 

We invite you to join Katie Tallo, author of the international bestselling trilogy "Dark August",  in Cobden on July 13, 2024 from 1:30 pm-2:30 pm.  Join us in conversation as Katie discusses her inspirations and her thrilling mysteries.
This event is free of charge, though donations are appreciated.  For further information please call 613-646-7592 or email wwrpubliclibrary@gmail.com.

About the Library

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Membership in the Library is free to all permanent and seasonal residents of the Whitewater Region.  In order to receive your free library card, you will need to provide verification of your address so please bring a driver's license, mail or something that confirms your identity and address.

For anyone outside of the Whitewater Region non-resident library cards are available for $15.00

Seasonal workers and college students may receive a library card by paying a $15.00 refundable deposit that will be returned at the end of the season and upon the return of all borrowed materials and library card.


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OverDrive is discontinuing the legacy OverDrive app in early 2023 and transitioning users to the Libby App.  Libby is OverDrive's newer app for browsing and enjoying digital content content from our library.

The Libby App can be downloaded for free on Google Play (Android) or the App Store (Apple) to your phone or tablet. All you need is your patron card.

Libby comes with new features like:

  • Tags to categorize books however you'd like- you can even sync your OverDrive wish list into a tag!
  • A central bookshelf for all loans and holds.
  • Customizable notifications for ready holds, new magazine issues and more. 
  • Compatibility with Apple CarPlay Android Auto and Sonos speakers.
  • Easy access to OverDrive support staff.

OverDrive Front Line Tech Support

What does Front Line Tech Support include?

  • Access to the OverDrive Front Line Tech Support team 24/7 via web form and email.
  • Response time via email expected with 8 business hours of receipt or within 24 hours if received outside of business hours (8:30 am - 5:30 pm ET Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays).
  • Professionally trained specialists provide support for OverDrive technology-related issues only,
  • Self-service support is available to users 24/7 through extensive and user-friendly FAQ and other written help that is accessible through the library's OverDrive powered website.

Frontline support online support webform

Online Databases and Resources

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New for 2024!!

Transparent Language Online
Language learners can build vocabulary, practice skills, and maintain what they have learned with Transparent Language Online, available anytime, anywhere in 110+ languages.  

World Book Student
World Book Student provides access to tens of thousands of encyclopedia articles, thousands of images, featured videos, a Biography Center, and a Behind the Headlines feature to help explain current events.


Library Board Information

Our next board meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2024 beginning at 6:30 pm.  The meeting will be held by Zoom.  Our board meetings are open to the public for anyone who is interested.  Please contact the Library at whitewaterpl@nrtco.net or 613-646-7592 for the link.

Minutes of our June 2024 Board Meeting are available upon request.  Please contact the Library at whitewaterpl@nrtco.net or 613-646-7592 to request a copy.