Chelsea Library

100, Old Chelsea Road     
Chelsea, QC  J9B 1C1 
(819) 827-4019                                                                   
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Monday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed

Holiday Closures 

The Library will be closed June 24 and July 1st, August 2 to August 4, August 30 to September 1st, inclusively.

Library Card

Library cards and services are free of charge for Chelsea residents. Please come to the Library circulation desk to get your new library card and password (to access your account online). 

More than Books 

You will find more than books at the Library: audio books, DVDs, newspapers and magazines.

Library Online Catalogue

You may access your account through the online catalogue. This will allow you to check what items you have out and when they are due back. You will also be able to extend the borrowing period if no-one is waiting for the item. 
Access the Library’s online catalogue (and click on english at top right)

Books Requests

Place special book requests at the Library in person, by phone at 819-827-4019, or by email at

Group Visit

For group visits or for information about the Chelsea Library, please contact Librarian Beatrice O'Byrne.

Book Returns

You may use the Town Hall drop-off box to return books when the Library is closed. The drop-off box is located behind the Library, at the side entrance to municipal offices.

Computer and Internet Access 

Seven high-speed Internet computers are available for public use. You may reserve a computer for one hour at a time. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 12 to 14 must have written permission from a parent to access the Internet. To reserve a computer, please contact the Library at 819-827-4019

Wireless connection for your laptop 

You may use the Library’s free wireless Internet connection from your laptop computer. 

Gatineau Valley Historical Society Archives

The Society office and archives are located on the lower level of the Library. They are open to the public from September to June on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 :30 p.m. to 4 :00 p.m. The GVHS archives will be closed for the summer after Wednesday June 11 and will reopen Monday September 15, 2014. As well, the archives will be closed from Thursday December 11, 2014 until Sunday January 11, 2015 inclusive. You may, however, contact us for an appointment by email at or by leaving a message at the archives office at 819-827-6224. Our website address is

Museum Passes

With your Library card you may now borrow a Museum Pass and borrow your way into some of Canada’s premier museums ans cross-country ski in the Gatineau Park.

The passes are on loan for a period of one week from Tuesday to Monday (to take advantage of holiday weekends).  Passes may be picked up on Tuesday after 1 p.m. and must be returned in person or through the book return slot before 9 a.m. the following Tuesday.  Any reserved card that has not been picked up by Thursday evening may be offered to another borrower. A client incurs a charge of $ 20 to replace a lost museum pass. 

Gatineau Park Cross-country Ski Pass

Borrow a Gatineau Park Cross-country Ski Pass for free access to Gatineau Park cross-country ski trails. 

Library - Rules

Library card

Every resident of Chelsea is entitled to free membership in Chelsea Library.*  Members are issued a bar-coded library card to be used when borrowing library materials.  Your library card identifies you as a member of the Library and using it avoids the possibility of error in checking out books.  You are responsible for all items
borrowed on your card.  Do not lend it to another person.

If your card is lost or stolen a fee of $3.00 will be applied to issue a new one.

*In rare circumstances such as major unpaid fines, books not returned and not reimbursed, or seriously inappropriate behaviour, a person may be barred from Library membership

How to get a Library card

Come to the Library during open hours and bring proof of residence (hydro or telephone bill) and photo identification (driver’s licence, health card or student card). A driver’s licence will fulfil both requirements.

Library Online

You can access the Library’s catalogue online through

To have access to your personal file, please go to the circulation desk with your Library card.  The staff member on duty will help you establish your user name and password.  With this you will be able to see your personal file, the items you have out and their due date as well as your
borrowing history. You may also renew items.


You are responsible for everything borrowed on your card. This includes responsibility for the timely return of all items in the condition in which they were borrowed, as well as for payment of late fees (fines) and replacement and cataloguing costs for lost or damaged materials. Parents are responsible for all materials borrowed by their minor children.  With a few exceptions, all materials borrowed from the Library are on loan for a period of 3 weeks.  The loan period may be extended (renewed) three times.  There are no renewals permitted for periodicals, for inter-library loans or for materials which have been reserved by another member. Museum passes are on loan for one week only and may be reserved by telephone.  A maximum of 10 items (any combination of materials) may be borrowed at one time, including items which have been previously checked out and renewed items. You may use the Town Hall drop-off box to return books when the Library is closed.  The drop-off box is located behind the Library at the side entrance to the municipal offices.


Any item in the Chelsea Library collection which is currently in use may be reserved. You will be notified by telephone as soon as it becomes available. If the item is not picked up within one week of the notification it will be passed to the next person on the reservation list or returned to the shelves.

Interlibrary Loans

Books may be borrowed by special request through interlibrary loans. Once notification has been made, the book must be picked up promptly and may not be renewed.

Overdue Items

All materials which are past the return date and which have not been renewed are subject to late fees (fines) of 5¢ per item per day to a maximum of $3.00 per item. Fines are applied only for days when the library is open.

Lost and Damaged Items

Any item more than three months overdue is considered lost. 

Replacement costs include :  the current price of the item plus a $5.00 processing fee.

Materials which have suffered more than normal wear and tear, eg. materials which are dirty, sticky, marked, water damaged, mouldy, torn, chewed or otherwise defaced and which in the judgement of Library staff cannot be loaned again, must be replaced as if they were lost.

The client will incur a charge of $ 20 to replace a lost museum pass.

Library Conduct

Chelsea Library offers the community a quiet, welcoming environment in which to read, study, learn and discover.  Except for special events and activities, members and visitors are expected to speak softly. If you must use a cell phone please step out of the Library into the hall. Parents or care-givers are responsible for the behaviour of their children. Children must not run or climb or be left unattended.  Library staff are unable to supervise them and provide for their safety.

Consideration for others results in a positive experience for all.


Chelsea Library is a wireless environment. You may use the Library’s free high-speed wireless Internet connection on your laptop computer.

There are eight (8) computers available free of charge for research and word processing.  The cost for printing and photocopying is 20¢ per page

Children under twelve who wish to use the computers must be accompanied by a parent. A child 12 to 14 years old must have a signed
permission from his/her parent.


I, _________________________, give permission to use the Library computer to my son/daughter, __________________ , aged ____ years.

Date: _______Signature ____________________


It is forbidden to visit websites featuring pornographic or hate material or other unlawful content.

If you wish to be assured of the use of a computer at a specific time, you may call ahead and book it for a maximum of 60 minutes.

If all computers are in use and people are waiting, you must limit yourself to 60 minutes.

Please enjoy the many services your library has to offer.