The library has a collection of over 175,000 items on our shelves, everything from books to DVDs, multilingual collections to local history and genealogy.
NEW! Nature Backpacks for kids
To encourage kids and families to explore the outdoors and nature, the library now has Nature Backpacks for loan. Six backpacks are available, each containing items related to a specific theme: Explore Outdoors, Things With Wings, Who's Been Here?, Creepy Crawly Critters, Splish Splash Splosh, and Buds, Blossoms and Leaves. Inside the backpacks are customer feedback cards that, once filled out, are entered in a draw to win a Nature Backpack. The draw will take place at the library on August 23, 2017. Nature Backpacks are brought to you by Newmarket Public Library, Aurora Public Library, WIndfall Ecology Centre, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, Healthy Kids Community Challenge Aurora, York Region, and Toronto and Region Conservation for The Living City.
You can search our catalogue from home, school, work, the library's computers, or any mobile device. You can open a new library account from the catalogue, update an existing account, renew items, place holds, request items, and save lists of titles.
Our large fiction collection includes adventure, mystery, romance, horror, science fiction, fantasy, espionage, and more. We also have an extensive collection of large print books.
A collection with wide-ranging subjects including history, sports, cooking, travel, biographies, math, science, gardening, literature, religion and much more.
Magazines and newspapers
Our magazine section on the main floor of the library features many popular publications, along with local and regional newspapers.
We have large print books, talking books, and online e-resources for library members who have difficulty reading. Find out more about our accessibility resources.
We have books and DVDs in many different languages including Chinese, Russian, Hindi, Polish, Spanish and more. Take a look at our multilingual collection.
Genealogy and local history
We have plenty of information on local history to help with genealogical research and in creating a family tree. You'll find local census data, cemetery indexes, Newmarket Historical Society publications, and more. Take a look at our genealogy and local history collection.
The Era newspaper archive is also available on microfilm and can be searched online from 1852-1979. View the Era newspaper archive.
Our print reference collection for use in the library contains many directories, encyclopedias, and almanacs.
DVD and Blu-ray
Contemporary fiction movies, classic films, and TV shows are located on the main floor, while our documentary and how-to DVDs can be found on the lower level. There is also a section for children's DVDs on the upper level in Kids and Teens Services.
We have a wide collection of audiobooks for both children and adults. There is also a selection of Playaway all-in-one audiobooks that combine a recorded book with an easy-to-use player.
Our CD collection includes a wide range of music including pop, rock, hip-hop, classical, folk, jazz, and more.
Our collection of popular video games for loan includes those for the Xbox One, PS4, Wii, and Wii U gaming systems.
Each of our Kobo eReaders are pre-loaded with 10 eBooks in different genres, including Mystery, Romance, and more. Browse our Kobo eReaders in the catalogue.
GPS for geocaching
We have Global Positioning System devices for loan that can be used for high-tech geocaching treasure hunts. Ask for one at the circulation desk on the main floor.
Stay active and healthy by counting your steps with a pedometer you can borrow from the library. Ask for one at the circulation desk on the main floor.
Laptops for borrowing
You can borrow a laptop and take it outside the library for up to one week. Get a laptop on the Main Floor at Customer Service.
You will need:
- library card
- second piece of ID
- Signed parental permission form if you are between 10-17 years old.
Laptops include Microsoft Office and can be used to access the Internet on any Wi-Fi network. They may be used for printing to the library's printers while in the library.
Early literacy backpack kits
Available for loan, each backpack contain books and literacy-based toys designed to stimulate an interest in reading. They are colour-coded for different age groups: blue for 0-2 years of age, red for 2-3 year olds, and green for 4-5 year olds. Early literacy backpacks are sponsored by Southlake Cinemania. For more information ask at the Kids and Teens Services desk on the upper level.
Children's Literacy Stations
These computers have educational games pre-loaded and are available for children to drop in and play with (no library card required). We have four computer stations for young children, including one French/English computer, as well as two computer stations for children ages 6 to 9 years old. Navigate the different categories: Math, Science, Geography, Music and Art, Writing and Computer skills, and Reading, Words and Phonics.