The library will reopen Tues-Sat beginning on Jan 25. Until then we will continue to offer curbside service at the back door.
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Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.
~Ray Bradbury

There are several ways you can help support the library.

Give Money

Your tax-deductible cash donation is always welcome and may be given directly to the Stratford Public Library or to the Library Foundation. Your donation will enrich, not replace, traditional tax-based funding and allow us to expand cultural programs and services. There are several ways to donate financially to The Stratford Public LIbrary.

Donate through the Mail

Send your donation to the library at 19. St. Andrew Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 1A2. Tax receipts can be issued by the City of Stratford for amounts greater than $10.

Planned Giving

Planned giving to the Stratford Public Library Foundation, through your will, insurance policy or investments helps ensure the tradition of exceptional library service is safeguarded for future generations. The Stratford Public Library has a distinguished history in the community that dates back more than 100 years. Leaving the library a legacy helps us maintain and build on that success. Talk to us about the many ways you can donate and the tax benefits that go along with them. For more information, please contact: Julia Merritt, Library Director / CEO at 519-271-2220 ext 110 or by email at

Sponsor a Magazine

Give something back to the library by donating the cost of a subscription to your favourite magazine. This will allow the library to continue getting this magazine and you and others can continue to enjoy it. Visit the Magazine Subscription page for complete details.

Give Time


We invite you to share your time and talents with the Stratford Public Library in one or more of our rewarding volunteer opportunities. In 2017 library volunteers contributed almost 2,500 hours in a variety of in-library duties, outreach programs, and special event programs.

By contributing a few hours of your time, you, too, can support the Library’s commitment to providing excellent services to our community. In fact, on average, each of our volunteers contributes approximately 2 hours per week.  More details on Volunteering

Material Donations

The library no longer accepts material donations.

The following organizations may be interested in donations.  Please contact them first to determine whether they can take your items.

GoodWill, 1032 Ontario Street, Stratford, 519-273-1632
Salvation Army Thrift Store, 615 Erie Street, Stratford, 519-271-2762
Value Village, 925 Ontario Street, Stratford, 226-779-2706