St. Joseph Township Public Library
1240 Richards Street
P.O. Box 9
Richards Landing, Ontario P0R1J0
P: (705) 246-2353



Hours of Operation
Monday  5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday  3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday  10:00 am - 3:00 pm 


Built in 1942 on property bought and donated by Florence Whaley Orrell, the library was built on buff cement blocks with a polished maple floor. The roof line is cottage style. The one-room building has British Columbia fir paneling on the walls. Attached to the ceiling, is a tapestry, from the Solomon Islands, made from the inner bark of the Tapa tree and inscribed with natural dyes. It brings a sense of exoticism to the library. The wood-carving insert on the original entry door, was Florence’s own handiwork. Once the steel door was installed the panel was cut out and it on display in the library.

The first book put in the library was the family bible from Florence’s mother Mary. It dates to the late 1700’s. It is still in the library.

Other collectibles in the library include a world globe, one thousand books also from Florence’s mother and one thousand books donated by the Women’s Institutes of the Island.  The library has had a large addition added along with many books. Many island residents as well as many summer residents use the Library regularly.  Our Library stores the files of the Island Historical Society which are available to look at or photocopy.

We have on display many paintings by Ada Tranter depicting a variety of scenes and landmarks.

Additional Services:

  • Inter-library Loans: if we don’t have it we can get it from another library

  • Large print books/novels; German and French novels; Audio books

  • 6 computers with high speed for public use, also wireless

  • Faxing ($1.00/page), photocopies ($0.20/page B&W, $1.00/page colour), scanner

  • 1 VHS machine and movies, both DVD and VHS

  • Magazines, puzzles and movies both for sign out and sale

  • Leap Pad with games

  • 2 Reading Areas and Conference table (great for lap tap use)

  • WIFI available for $1.00 per half hour (indoor and outdoor) or $10.00 for a monthly card

  • Library bags with a picture of the library $3.00

Late Fees

  • .25 cents per book per week, $1.00 maximum

  • $5.00 max. fine for more than 2 books due on the same date

Board Members 2022 - 2026

  • Doug Clute
  • Barry Elliott
  • Kristina Leith
  • Greg Senecal
  • Sharon Thomas



picture of the brown building of the stairs going up to the childrens library in richards landing Children’s Library of Richards Landing
1223 Richards St
Richards Landing, Ontario P0R 1J0
(705) 246-2877

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Hours of Operation
Wednesday  9:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Thursday  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

*Story Time at 10:30 am on each open day*


The Children’s Library is the result of the kindness and vision of Mrs. Florence Orrell, a summer resident of the Island who purchased the building and property and donated them to the community for use as a children’s library.

Located on the main street in Richards Landing, this wonderful building plays an important role in the life of the community.  It not only serves as a cultural and social meeting place for residents and visitors alike, but also houses mementos and artifacts from interested benefactors.

With two large fir paneled rooms warmed by a rustic stone fireplace, a cozy reading room, and an upstairs arts and crafts room, the experience offered by the Children’s Library is definitely a unique one.  Memorabilia and artifacts line the walls of this historic building, from the bear rugs to Chinese wedding dolls, to antique books.

For many years local children and visitors have enjoyed the experience offered by the Children’s Library.  Whether it is browsing after school, reading clubs, arts and crafts, educational workshops or the very popular author visits, the library is adored by young and the young at heart.

Whether you are an island resident, a seasonal visitor or just passing through, we invite you to come in and experience everything that the library has to offer.