The Harcourt Library is closed during the COVID-19 crisis, but you can still access the catalogue.
If you see books that interest you, the new Harcourt Church Library Book Service can help you find them.
Resources for all ages
The Harcourt library boasts an up-to-date collection of books, videos, magazines, audio tapes and puzzles for all ages — babies to grandparents, and everyone in between. This pleasant room is located in Room 106: go down the stairs from the Narthex, turn right and enter through the French doors. Serve yourself, and simply follow the instructions posted in the library to sign out any item for 3 weeks.
The library is open whenever the church is open.
In the collection you will find all the authors you’d expect: C.S.Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle, Henri Nouwen, John Dominic Crossan, John Spong, Diana Butler Bass, Ralph Milton, Rowan Williamsand even Veggie Tales. If you prefer fiction there are several mystery series — Ellis Peters (Brother Cadfael), Margaret Frazer (Dame Frevisse), C.J. Sansom (Matthew Shardlake), plus others, as well as novels — The Red Tent, Belonging, and bestsellers by Alexander McCall Smith and Jan Karon. Like Biography? Read about Desmond Tutu, Mordecai Richler and more. The shelves beneath the window hold adult fiction and biography, as well as all the audio visual, video, and DVD material.
Children and teens
The large wood cube near the door is full of picture books for little ones, all stored in red tubs, alphabetically by author. Just move a tub to the floor and search for a book that appeals. (Please return the tubs to the shelves.)
The wood cube near the windows holds reading books for older children — authors such as Ken Oppel, Madeleine L’Engle, Sigmund Brouwer are popular favourites. There is also a Reference shelf for children on the cube, with bible dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference tools.
The shelves to the right of the window hold the adult reference material — bibles, concordances, bible dictionaries, atlases, and the like. There is a complete set of The Interpreter’s Bible on the bottom shelf.
Continuing to the right are all the non-fiction subjects, which are catalogued by the Dewey Decimal System, the same as the Guelph Public Library. This non-fiction section extends right to the entry doors. Magazines are in a wall rack beside the couch.
The library is a quiet, comfortable place to read, relax, study, meditate… whatever. Please enjoy all that it has to offer.