Our story

The Hearst Public Library was founded on December 17, 1974. In its beginning, the library was situated in the basement of the Hearst High School where it shared its space with the school library. On June 4th, 1984, the library moved downtown to a new location situated at 817 George Street, formerly Lecours Smoke Shop.  Since July 1994, it is at its present location, 801 George Street, formerly Stedman’s.
In addition to books for adults, teens and children, the library’s collection contains a vast selection of DVD, magazines, puzzles, large print books, audiobooks, reference books, online ressources as well as a genealogy research centre.  We also offer interlibrary loan service, mobile library service for homebound patrons, an outdoor book return box, photocopy/fax/scan service, study room, guided library tours by appointment and a variety of activities. 

We have computers and iPads with Internet access as well as WiFi available to the public.

In 1993, the Friends of the library was founded. The funds raised through their various activities go towards the improvement of the library in general.

The Hearst Public Libray board and the staff of the library invite you to visit us and it will be our pleasure to serve you!

Happy reading!


Library staff, volunteers and members of the Friends of the Library group

Library personnel

Francine D’Aigle, Director of library services

Julie Portelance, Library Services Technician

Céleste Gosselin, Clerk
Chloé Vachon, Clerk
Fanny Roy, Staff support 


Réjeanne Vaillancourt
Lucille Trottier
Liliane Vaillancourt

Friends of the Library

Killy-Ann Brunet, President
Rita Guindon , Vice-president


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