Library – 10 Carden St, Ground Floor

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Our new library space at 10 Carden Street began circulating materials in December 2015 –just in time for the holidays! In the New Year we look to have expanded hours of operation and hundreds more resources available. We also look forward to launching our interlibrary loan operations with other organizations in Guelph. Watch this space for our new schedule and new partnerships!

Currently Out On The Shelf membership is available for $10 per year which includes library membership and voting privileges at our Annual General Meeting. To sign up for a membership you must be at least 13 years of age. All you need to do is bring in either a valid driver’s license or a piece of mail with your name and address on it (e.g. a bill from a phone company, etc.).

As the OOTS Library transforms into an interlibrary loan organization, our goals for 2017 are to:

  1. be a safe place for people to learn, explore, and discover,
  2. become a resource of information and inspiration for the entire city and beyond,
  3. be a responsible and valuable partner to other community-building organizations in Guelph,
  4. actively spread understanding and compassion on issues of sexuality and identity, and
  5. enthusiastically originate and promote events that celebrate and expand our diversity!

Out On The Shelf protects the right to be free from hate activity based on age, ancestry, citizenship, creed (religion), colour, dis/ability, ethnic origin, family status, gender identity, appearance, mode of dress, HIV/AIDS status, literacy level, political affiliation, race, financial status, sex, sexual orientation, or any other personal characteristics by or within our organization.

Our Collection

We have over 2000 titles that you won’t find anywhere else in the city –Books, DVDs, and more. From the ribald to the risque, we’ve got everything your inner bookworm could possibly desire. We also have a selection of valuable documentaries on notable figures in queer history, a wide range of archive material showcasing society’s changing thoughts on queer culture, a collection of children’s books, and many other great resources.

Pamphlets & Resources

We have dozens of current and informative pamphlets and take-away literature on everything from safe sex to queer parenting and mental health. One of our goals for 2016 is to catalogue “outreach packages,” boxes full of pamphlets and publicity on various themes ready to go for any conference, workshop or other event where you have a tabling opportunity.

Our Volunteers

The OOTS Library is proudly 100% volunteer run and operated.
Send us an email if you’re interesting in joining the team: library.outontheshelf@gmail.com

Our Hours

The Library’s current hours are:

  • Tuesday 10-2
  • Friday 1-5
  • Saturday 10-2

Library Survey 2017

If you have any feedback about your experience at our Library, please fill out the following survey form. Completed surveys can be sent to outontheshelf@gmail.com

OOTS Library Survey 2017