Greenstone Public Library - Nakina

Hellen Mackie Memorial Branch

General Information

     Despite a devastating fire in 1987 that saw the building in ruins, the Nakina Public Library was rebuilt. The library has over 50,000 books, including a vast section of French titles. If the Nakina branch does not carry the book you would like to borrow, then we can access other libraries in the provinces through Inter-library loan. Other types of media we offer on loan include audio books, magazines, videos and reference materials, as well as 3 e-readers. We have 7 computers hooked up to the Internet for patrons to use as well as other computer needs.

     In 2007, Nakina Public Library registered with Knowledge Ontario. Knowledge Ontario is a collaboration of libraries, cultural heritage oraganizations and educational institutions. Its focus is on connecting Ontarians with digital content to support their information and learning needs. KO delivers enhanced services to and through the province's publicly funded libraries by supporting equity of access to information, creation of digital content, research and literacy. For more information on this wonderful program contact the Nakina Public Library staff.

     You can also access the Service Ontario website at the library. Some of the services which are available on this site include : changing your home address, birth, marriage, or death certificate, lost wallet information and many other government forms. For more information, visit

     Other services which the library offers are faxing, laminating, and photocopying. Each Saturday, the library offers Children's Story Hour for kids ages 4-8 years old. It runs from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and consists of a short story and a craft. For more information, contact the library.

History of Nakina and the Library

        Nakina is a small, isolated, bilingual northern community located at the end of Highway 584. The economic base for Nakina is primarily logging, but was once a basis for the Canadian National Railway.

        Hellen Mackie believed that all children should have the opportunity to read. As Nakina had no official library she operated a small library from her home until a puclib library was formed under the operation of the municipality. Nakina Public Library was officially formed in January 1976 and is named the Nakina Public Library/ Hellen Mackie Memorial in her honour.