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The Guelph Public Library was established in 1883 under a city bylaw permitted by the Free Public Libraries Act of 1882. It was a successor to the Guelph Mechanic's Institute (est. 1850).

The Guelph Public Library operates under the terms of the Public Libraries Act of 1985, which defines the size and composition of the Board, its relationship to City Council, and establishes philosophical guidelines for policies with regard to the provision of free public library service.

All regular library board meetings are open to the public. For more information, please contact Steve Kraft at 519-824-6220 ext 224 or

The Guelph Public Library Board meets the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm, except July and August, usually at the Main Library (100 Norfolk Street) in beautiful downtown Guelph.


Katie Saunders (Chair)

Katie is an educator with the Waterloo Region District School Board and has lived in Guelph for 27 years. She is an active member of two book clubs, and is an avid reader and life-long learner.

Katie was appointed to the Guelph Public Library Board in 2011 and is a member of the Fundraising and Planning Committee.


Lisa Maslove (Vice - Chair)

Lisa joined the Guelph Public Library Board in 2015. Her main form of exercise is lugging books and magazines to and from the downtown library.

Lisa has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master's in Health Economics, and is working towards a Diploma of Human Resources Management at the University of Guelph.

Anne MacKay

Anne MacKay (Past - Chair)

Anne was appointed to the Guelph Public Library Board in 2012. She works with non-profit organizations as they build their future plans.

In introducing herself to the Board, she wrote, “This is an exciting time to be involved with the mighty GPL, that is on the cusp of its next chapter. Plus, book people are really fun!” Anne is on the Fundraising & Planning Committee and active with the Friends of the Guelph Public Library.

Aaron Blair

Aaron Blair

With three young children and a love for the community, he has become an active library customer and supporter of the GPL since his appointment in 2012. With young ones, his heaviest check outs are the diverse selection of children’s books and videos at all five branches.

Aaron is committed to contributing to the Guelph Public Library and it’s community.


Councillor James Gordon

James Gordon is a Guelph City Councillor, a singer/songwriter, a record producer, a playwright, and a community advocate for social justice, cultural, heritage and environmental issues. He was the founding artistic director of the Hillside Festival, the first president of the Guelph Civic League, the first chair of the Family Mental Health Network and the co-founder of the Wellington Water Watchers.

James was appointed to the library board in 2015.



Getu Hailu

Getu holds a PhD in agricultural/resource economics and teaches finance and operations management to business students at the University of Guelph. He has published numerous journal articles, working papers and technical reports on production economics and agribusiness finance.

Getu was appointed to the library board in December 2013 and held the vice-chair position in 2014 - 15. He likes to read books on science and philosophy.

Jennifer Mackie

Jennifer Mackie

Jennifer holds an MBA in Organizational Behavior and Marketing. She is an entrepreneur, business planner, and manager involved with many Guelph organizations and businesses in a variety of leadership roles. Jennifer is passionate about libraries and interested in supporting how the Main Library evolves as a core component of our thriving community.

Jennifer was appointed to the library board in 2008 and served as Board Chair from 2012 - 2014.

In her leisure time, she enjoys cycling, yoga, quilting and reading to her twin grandchildren.


Gertrude Robinson

Gertrude is emeritus professor and past Director of the Graduate Program in Communications at McGill University in Montreal. Gertrude developed the first Canadian graduate program in Media Studies and has received numerous grants and awards and published 7 books and over 50 articles.

GeeGee was appointed to the Guelph Public Library Board in 2011. She loves to read historical novels and is the organizer of the Arboretum Village Tai-Chi group.


Chantal Vallis

Chantal moved to Guelph three years ago and has been a #GPLBestFriend since the start. Her heaviest check outs are from the Adult and YA Fiction departments and she can often be found perusing the magazine rack. Chantal works downtown at the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington.

Chantal was appointed to the Board in January 2015 and she currently sits on the library’s Fundraising and Policy Committees. She is excited about contributing to the legacy of the Guelph Public Library. 


Eileen Watson

Eileen is a proud University of Guelph grad; during her time as a student she fell in love with Guelph, and now has no intention of leaving. She currently works for York University as a Continuing Studies Advisor.

In her spare time, Eileen loves reading, travelling, and attempting to get her cat, Hillary Clinton, to love her. Eileen was appointed to the board in January 2015. She currently serves as the Chair of the Fundraising and Planning Committee.

Linda Cozzarin

Linda Cozzarin (Administrative Assistant)

Linda provides secretarial support to the Guelph Public Library Board. She organizes meetings, prepares minutes and correspondences. Linda was born and raised in Guelph and has worked at the Guelph Public Library since 1979. She and her husband Dave have 3 children, and they are all extremely active in the community.

For information about board meetings, contact Linda at or 519-824-6220 ext. 227

Steve Kraft

Steve Kraft (CEO & Secretary to the Board)

The Library Board appointed Steve Kraft as CEO effective October 1st, 2014. Steve was born and raised in Dashwood, Ontario and received his master’s degree in Library and Information Science from University of Western in 1983. Over the past 30 years, Steve has worked his way through the Guelph Public Library, serving as Children’s Reference Librarian, Manager of Information Services, Director of Main Library and since April 2013, as Assistant CEO.

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