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February 03, 2016
Oxford County Library receives provincial honour
OCL receives Certificate of Accreditation at awards gala

Oxford County Library was presented with the prestigious Certificate of Accreditation at the Ontario Library Association Awards Gala last week.

The Ontario Public Library Guidelines were developed by the Ontario public library community to help improve the quality of public library service across the province. Libraries can work with the guidelines to develop a comprehensive process and plan for improvement. Public libraries who meet the Guidelines’ requirements can request a formal audit. Accreditation is granted to libraries achieving a successful audit. 

The Oxford County Library has consistently been an early adapter of a broad suite of e-services, such as downloadable music, e-books, audiobooks, comics, and movies (including the 2016 addition of Indieflix), while still maintaining a robust print collection of over 147,000 items.

The accreditation process provides solid internal quality review. Achieving accreditation not only for the system as a whole, but also for all 14 Oxford County Library branches, highlights the great work of all library staff across the County. Certification is representative of the extensive teamwork and vision of the Library and its employees.


Lisa Miettinen, CEO, Chief Librarian, Oxford County Library
 “We are so proud to have received the honour of accreditation from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. This achievement would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff across Oxford County who all strive to provide the very best tools and programming for the community.”

About Accreditation

Accreditation assists in the planning process, identifying system strengths as well as areas needing attention and upgrading. From this knowledge, appropriate directions for the development of library infrastructure and services can be formalized into an organized plan.  

The library must demonstrate that it fulfils 90 percent of the Guidelines and 100 percent of all mandatory Guidelines to be eligible for accreditation for a five-year period. 

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About Oxford County Library

Oxford County Library is a County of Oxford service that offers free lending of books, DVDs and other materials; access to online catalogues and databases; genealogy support; children’s programming; job search resources and information about government services; and computer access. Branches are located in Brownsville, Burgessville, Embro, Harrington, Ingersoll, Innerkip, Mount Elgin, Norwich, Otterville, Plattsville, Princeton, Tavistock, Tillsonburg and Thamesford. 


Melissa Poulin | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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