After nearly a year without library service, Dorset residents will be able to pick up library materials in their own community starting March 12.

That’s thanks to a newly-installed row of lockers outside Robinsons General Store that will soon be full of reserved books from across the library system.

“We’re really excited about this launch and getting library materials into the hands of community members,” said Library CEO Christopher Stephenson in an email.

Mike Hinbest, owner of Robinsons, said he enthusiastically supports the projects. For him, it was a simple decision to lend the space.

“The town needs the help, we have space for [the lockers] so we help out the town,” he said.

“If we have the ability to help when someone is in need then that’s what we’re going to do.”

Dorset residents can now call or email to secure their lockers. They’ll be assigned one of 36 lockers and then will set a fourdigit combination.

Any holds that are placed before the end of the day Friday will be couriered to Dorset Saturday morning.

The Dorset Community Centre has been closed because of mold since spring and service at the Stanhope branch is still offline, as accessibility improvements have blocked the front entrance.

To sign up for a locker call 705-457-2241 or email

Libraries move to stage three

As of Feb. 22, all HCPL branches will be open for in-person browsing and borrowing during regular hours. Public computers, printing and photocopying services are all available.

Curbside service will continue to be available, and masking rules are still in place.