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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I join the library and how much does it cost?

If you are a Bruce County Resident, you can become a member free of charge by completing a library card application at any of our 17 Branch Library locations. You will need to bring with you a piece of identification that shows your name and current home address (e.g. current driver’s licence) in order to obtain a Bruce County Public Library Card.

Children under the age of 14 must have the signature of a parent or guardian to obtain a Bruce County Public Library Card.

Your BC library card will allow you to access your account on the online catalogue by signing in with your User Name (14 digit number under barcode on your BCL Card) and PIN (4 digit number assigned to you when you received your new library card).

Note – You will be able to change your PIN to one more easily remembered by accessing “My Account” on the Library Catalogue page. Enter your User ID and the assigned PIN and then click on User PIN Change and follow the requested steps to change to your new 4 digit PIN.

What are the borrowing limits, loan periods, late fees and fines on library books and other material?

There is no borrowing limit on books except on certain seasonal collections and school project materials. Some branches do limit the number of DVDs and videos that you can have out at one time.

Most items may be borrowed for 3 weeks with the following exceptions:
2 weeks for High Demand books
1 week for DVDs (some 3 week sets)

Renewals are possible and may be done by phone, in person, or on-line (unless someone else has requested the item you have out)

All Branch Libraries provide an after-hours book return.

Late charges are as follows:
$.25 per item per day for magazines, audiobooks, CDs, books
$1.00 per item per day for DVDs

Can I Place Holds Online?

The books you see in one branch library are only a small part of the Bruce County Public Library collection. Our library catalogue allows you to request a book or magazine when the item is checked out to another person or when the book is located in another branch library

  1. Find the item you want to request in the catalogue then click Place Hold
  2. You will be prompted to log in (using your library card number & PIN) if you have not previously done so. The Submit Hold window appears.
  3. Select a branch library where you would like to pick up the item. Click Place Hold, then click OK.

You will be notified by telephone as soon as the material is available for pick-up.

Can I Renew items and check my Holds online?

Click on the link to the Library Catalogue, then on “My Account” and enter your User ID and PIN. This will enable you to see what you have on loan; what holds you have placed and where you are in the queue; what requests/messages you have sent and if you have had a reply. If you wish to renew your loans, click on “Renew My Materials” where you will be able to renew all items or select individual loans to be renewed by selecting “Renew Selected Items”. After completing this step, you will be able to see if the item was renewable and the new due date.

Why am I unable to renew my books online?

If you have any outstanding overdue materials or fines, the system will not allow you to renew or place a hold online. Check with your local Bruce County Branch Library Branch to confirm your borrowing status or pay fines.

I have checked the online catalogue and I can’t find the book I want, what can I do?

If our collection does not include the material you require, you can choose one the following three options by clicking on the Library Information link on the Library Catalogue page. This link will supply you with the following choices:

Where can I get recent magazine and newspaper articles?

Bruce County Library has a wide range of periodicals and newspapers available to the public at Branch Library locations. To find out what is available, simply search by the title and see which Branch the periodical is housed in.

We also have online databases that can be searched for periodical and journal articles. To access these databases, click on the database link on our home page.

If my local Branch library isn’t open, can I return my books to another Branch?

If you borrowed books from one location, they can be returned to any other Branch Library. We are part of a County-wide Library System which means that a Bruce County Public Library card entitles the holder to privileges at all of our 17 Branch Library locations.

How do I download Audio Books and eBooks?

On our home page click on Download Audio books or Download eBooks in the Quick Links window. This link will take you to the Ontario Library Service Download Centre. Follow the directions under the quick start guide to download and install the free software needed to access your Audio Book or eBook, search the site for downloadable materials, and when you find a title you’re interested in, add it to the Cart and check it out.

Upcoming Events

September 2017
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LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO CLUB @ the Wiarton Branch

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Wii Drop In @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Read A-Loud Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Ice Cream Social @ the Port Elgin Branch

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Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Tobermory Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Lion’s Head Branch

150 at 1:50 @ the Teeswater Branch

Backyard Science @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Afternoon French Club @ the Southampton Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Southampton Branch

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Wiarton Area Writers Group @ the Wiarton Branch

Fun with Science @ the Southampton Branch

End of Summer Movie @ the Walkerton Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Wii Drop in @ the Wiarton branch

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Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

STEM Activities for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Knitting Circle @ the Lion’s Head Branch

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LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Paisley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tara Branch

Make & Take @ the Tobermory Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO Club @ the Wiarton Branch

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Friends of the Library Meeting @ the Chesley Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Kincardine Branch

Why French? / Pourquois Francais? @ the Southampton Branch

Fall Fair Crafts @ the Tiverton Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

FREE Technology Workshops @ the Port Elgin Branch

Afternoon French Club @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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Wiarton Area Writers Group @ the Wiarton Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Tiverton Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Wii Drop-In @ the Wiarton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Chesley Branch

Book Club @ the Paisley Branch

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International Literacy Day @ Bruce County Public Library

Wiarton Friends of the Library Meeting @ the Wiarton Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Brown Bag Book Club @ the Chesley Branch

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LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Adventures with Alycia @ the Port Elgin Branch

Make & Take @ the Tobermory Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO Club @ the Wiarton Branch

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Read Aloud Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

Wii Drop In @ the Sauble Beach Branch

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Back to Basics: Make-up and Skin Care Tips @ the Wiarton Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Sign Language with Andrea Wist @ the Southampton Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Lug A Mug Book Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Fall Fair Crafts @ the Tiverton Branch

Business to Bruce Seminar: How to Start a Business in Bruce County @ the Wiarton Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Back to Basics Make-up and Skin Care Tips @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Adult Crafts @ the Southampton Branch

Afternoon French Club @ the Southampton Branch

Curiosity Corner Book Club for kids @ the Port Elgin Branch

Kids’ Book Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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Lynda.com Online Resources Workshop @ the Kincardine Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

The Other Book Club @ the Tiverton Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Wii Drop-In @ the Wiarton Branch

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Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Art Quilting Group @ the Paisley Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

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LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Paisley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tara Branch

Make & Take @ the Tobermory Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO Club @ the Wiarton Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Wiarton Branch

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Science Literacy Week @ Bruce County Public Library

Read Aloud Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

Wii Drop In @ the Sauble Beach Branch

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Science Literacy Week @ Bruce County Public Library

Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Wiarton Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Kincardine Branch

Science Literacy Week @ the Teeswater Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Science Literacy Week @ the Mildmay Branch

Fall Fair Crafts @ the Tiverton Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Science Literacy Week @ Bruce County Public Library

Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

FREE Technology Workshops @ the Port Elgin Branch

Science Literacy Week @ the Teeswater Branch

Let’s Do Science Program @ the Chesley Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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Science Literacy Week @ Bruce County Public Library

Friends of the Library Meeting @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Adult Crafts @ the Port Elgin Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Walkerton Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Tiverton Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Science Literacy Week @ the Teeswater Branch

Science of Taste Program @ the Wiarton Branch

Good Food Program @ the Chesley Branch

Science Literacy Week @ the Mildmay Branch

LEGO Club @ the Chesley Branch

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Science Literacy Week @ Bruce County Public Library

Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Science Literacy Week @ the Teeswater Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Science of Taste Program @ the Sauble Beach Branch

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LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Science Literacy Week @ the Teeswater Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Science Literacy Week @ the Mildmay Branch

Adventures with Alycia @ the Port Elgin Branch

Make & Take @ the Tobermory Branch

Beginner Knitting Circle @ the Paisley Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO Club @ the Wiarton Branch

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Read Aloud Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

Wii Drop In @ the Sauble Beach Branch

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Business to Bruce @ the Port Elgin Branch

Tara Friends of the Library Meeting

Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Book Club @ the Tobermory Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Adult Book Club Meeting @ the Mildmay Branch

Friends of the Library Meeting @ the Tobermory Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Fall Fair Crafts @ the Tiverton Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Adult Book Club Meeting @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Book Club @ the Sauble Beach Branch

After School Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Curiosity Corner Book Club for kids @ the Port Elgin Branch

Let’s Do Science Program @ the Chesley Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Wii Drop-In @ the Wiarton Branch

‘Tween Nights Are Back @ the Mildmay Branch

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Culture Days @ Bruce County Public Library

Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

PA Day KEVA Planks @ the Paisley Branch

STEM Activities for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Lion’s Head Branch

PA Day Painting Class with Lisa Farrell @ the Kincardine Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Minute to Win it @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Chesley Branch

PA Day Ozobots @ the Tara Branch

Book Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

PA Day Movie: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul” @ the Kincardine Branch

FOL Book Club @ the Wiarton Branch

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Culture Days @ Bruce County Public Library

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Make & Take @ the Tobermory Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch

Pete the Cat Day @ the Walkerton Branch

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