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Welcome to the Craigleith Heritage Depot. We are a museum, a branch of the Blue Mountains Public Library, an archive, and a tourism information centre: a true community hub!

Learn more about the Craigleith Heritage Depot, local history resources, tourism info, programs and events, and more.

Please note: Craigleith Heritage Depot is temporarily closed while we undergo renovations to improve our air quality. You are invited to engage with our online exhibits and research resources. Our staff, other museum, archival, and library services are available at L.E. Shore Memorial Library. Outdoor wi-fi access and the Craigleith Heritage Depot bookdrop are still available for use. 

This Frequently Asked Question page has been added to assist in transparency pertaining to our temporary closure and current service model. As new questions are posed, or updated responses become available, we will provide updates to this document.

When will the museum be open again?

It is anticipated that the museum will be open again by late spring/early summer. The timing is based on the remediation schedule and outside contractors to complete the work. Ongoing updates will be made as we move through the process.

What is the cost of the remediation?

The Craigleith Heritage Depot and TBM staff are working together to research the remediation needs. Once the initial remediation of radon occurs we will be able to allow vendors to visit the location and build proposals to complete the work.

What was the effect of air quality in museum for the public?

Areas of the building with elevated results for mould and/or radon were restricted to non-public spaces. 

I am concerned I may have radon in my home.  How do I get more information?

The Grey Bruce Public Health Unit has a number of resources relating to radon.

What Museum services are available?

Research services and museum enquires can be made on-line, by email or in person at LE Shore Library where museum staff are working.  On-line exhibits and research resources at https://www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca/chd-exhibits.cfm?is=59 and exterior static exhibit panels are available 24 hours a day.  

How do I donate to the museum when it is closed?

Contact the museum curator at depot@thebluemountains.ca or 519-599-3681 and provide the details of your donation. Cash donations can always be taken at the LE Shore Circulation desk as well.

Can I still borrow snowshoes?

Snowshoes will be available beginning January 22nd. During the closure, pick up and return will be at the LE Shore Branch only.

Where can I get tourism resources?

Ambassador Tourism centres are the Town of The Blue Mountains Town Hall, Royal Harbour Resort and Scandanave Spa. LE Shore also has a display with number of fliers and brochures provided by local companies and groups. 

Can I still drop my books off to the museum?

Yes, the book drop is emptied regularly.

Can I still use WIFI at the museum? 

All Wi-Fi services are continuing as normal. You may access Wi-Fi on the grounds or from your car in the parking lot.  Standard login is required.

What Can I do to help?

We thank everyone for their offers of letter writing campaigns. The staff of both the museum and the Town have been working on testing, remediation, and budget planning since our temporary closure on October 24, 2019.  As well as the Blue Mountains Public Library Board, Museum Advisory Council and Town of the Blue Mountains Council all have expressed their belief that the Craigleith Heritage Depot must be opened as quickly, but as safely as possible. While it may feel like this is taking a long time, all parties are working together to remediate the situation and reopen with as minimal impact to the community.

What are our next steps?

The Town has hired a contractor to remediate radon at the Depot. Concurrently The Craigleith Heritage Depot and TBM staff are working together to develop an RFP for the planning and remediation of issues related to Mould. This may include a new ventilation system with monitoring for potential air contaminants.

If you have additional questions, please email LibraryCEO@TheBlueMountains.ca

 
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