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Frequently Asked Questions

faq

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

March 2017
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Freedom to Read Week @ Bruce County Public Library

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

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Freedom to Read Week @ Bruce County Public Library

Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

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Freedom to Read Week @ Bruce County Public Library

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Lunch & Learn @ the Tobermory Branch

Tech Help @ the Teeswater Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Adult Book Club Meeting @ the Mildmay Branch

Colouring for Adults @ the Kincardine Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Freedom to Read Week @ Bruce County Public Library

Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Tobermory Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Drop in Knit Group @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Adult Crafts @ the Southampton Branch

Tween Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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Freedom to Read Week @ Bruce County Public Library

Wiarton Area Writers Group @ the Wiarton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Tech Talk @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Adult Crafts @ the Port Elgin Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Tiverton Branch

Battle of the Books @ the Wiarton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Chesley Branch

Science Experiments @ the Tiverton Branch

Book Club @ the Paisley Branch

‘Tween Craft Nights @ the Mildmay Branch

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Freedom to Read Week @ Bruce County Public Library

Story Time @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

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Freedom to Read Week @ Bruce County Public Library

All Day Make & Take Craft for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Paisley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tara Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Make & Take Craft @ the Tobermory Branch

Scavenger Hunt @ the Sauble Beach 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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Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

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Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Coffee and Conversation @ the Southampton Branch

Tech Help @ the Teeswater Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Movies @ the Kincardine Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Baby and Me Music Group @ the Kincardine Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Baby Time @ the Tobermory Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Income Tax Preparation @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knit Group @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Lucknow Book Club @ the Lucknow Branch

Tween Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Movies @ the Lucknow Branch

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Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Tech Talk @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program @ the Mildmay Branch

Movies @ Park in Tobermory

The Other Book Club @ the Tiverton Branch

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program @ the Chesley Branch

Wii Drop-in @ the Wiarton Branch

Science Experiments @ the Tiverton Branch

‘Tween Craft Nights @ the Mildmay Branch

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Friends of the Library Meeting @ the Wiarton Branch

Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Brown Bag Book Club @ the Chesley Branch

Learn to Make Chainmaille Jewelry @ the Kincardine Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

March Break FREE Swim @ the Port Elgin Centennial Pool

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All Day Make & Take Craft for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Make & Take Craft @ the Tobermory Branch

Scavenger Hunt @ the Sauble Beach Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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Build it: Marble Mania @ the Wiarton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

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March Break @ the Port Elgin Branch

March Break @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Movie @ the Chesley Community Centre

Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

March Break Movie Matinee @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

Build it: Catapults @ the Tiverton Branch

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March Break @ the Port Elgin Branch

March Break @ the Sauble Beach Branch

All Day LEGO @ the Kincardine Branch

Early Years @ the Tobermory Branch

Movie – Trolls @ the Paisley Community Centre

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Toys and Games for Kids @ the Wiarton Branch

Coffee and Conversation @ the Southampton Branch

Tech Help @ the Teeswater Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Build It: Pom Pom Launchers @ the Chesley Branch

Build It: Pom Pom Launchers @ the Paisley Branch

Lug a Mug Book Club @ the Kincardine Branch

March Break Movie Matinee @ the Wiarton Branch

Battle of the Books @ the Kincardine Branch

Build it: Building Towers @ the Tiverton Branch

March Break Activities @ the Lucknow Branch

March Break Activities @ the Ripley Branch

Build It: Pom Pom Launchers @ the Tara Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

March Break @ the Southampton Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

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March Break @ the Port Elgin Branch

March Break @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Build It: LEGO @ the Chesley Branch

March Break @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Movie – Trolls @ the Tara Community Centre

Story Stretcher with OEYC @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Tobermory Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Income Tax Preparation @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knit Group @ the Port Elgin Branch

Build it: Activity: Ozobots @ the Kincardine Branch

Build It: LEGO @ the Tara Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

KEVA Planks & Marble Runs @ the Tobermory Branch

March Break @ the Teeswater Branch

Adult Crafts @ the Southampton Branch

March Break Activities @ the Lucknow Branch

March Break Activities @ the Ripley Branch

STEM Learning Challenge @ the Lion’s Head Branch

March Break Activities @ the Walkerton Branch

Tween Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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March Break @ the Port Elgin Branch

March Break @ the Sauble Beach Branch

March Break @ the Southampton Branch

Wiarton Area Writers Group @ the Wiarton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Tech Talk @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Fairy Making Workshop with Bryaire @ the Tobermory Branch

March Break Activities @ the Ripley Branch

Painting with Lisa Farrell @ the Kincardine Branch

Build it: Cup Stacking Challenge @ the Tara Branch

March Break Activities @ the Walkerton Branch

Build it: Cup Stacking Challenge @ the Chesley Branch

Build it: Cup Stacking Challenge @ the Paisley Branch

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program @ the Mildmay Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Tiverton Branch

Movie @ the Tobermory Branch

Build it: Cup Stacking Challenge @ the Wiarton Branch

Build it: Ozobots @ the Tiverton Branch

March Break Activities @ the Lucknow Branch

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program @ the Chesley Branch

Wii Drop-in @ the Wiarton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Chesley Branch

Science Experiments @ the Tiverton Branch

“Big Kids” Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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March Break @ the Port Elgin Branch

March Break @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Community Planning with LEGO @ the Port Elgin Branch

March Break @ the Southampton Branch

Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

Movies @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Southampton Branch

Art Quilting Group @ the Paisley Branch

Build It: Leprechaun Trap @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Toothpicks and Marshmallow Craft @ the Tobermory Branch

Build it: Cup Stacking Challenge @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Build It: Leprechaun Trap @ the Paisley Branch

Kids Movie @ the Kincardine Branch

March Break Activities @ the Lucknow Branch

March Break Activities @ the Ripley Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

Build It: Leprechaun Trap @ the Tara Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Walkerton Branch

March Break Activities @ the Walkerton Branch

Youth Movie @ the Tobermory Branch

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March Break @ the Port Elgin Branch

All Day Make & Take Craft for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Paisley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tara Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

March Break @ the Southampton Branch

March Break Activities @ the Lucknow Branch

March Break Activities @ the Ripley Branch

Make & Take Craft @ the Tobermory Branch

Sensory Play for Babies @ the Walkerton Branch

Scavenger Hunt @ the Sauble Beach Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

March Break Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO CLUB @ the Wiarton Branch

March Break FREE Skating @ the Southampton Coliseum

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Read-a-Loud Storytime @ the Port Elgin Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

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PALS @ the Kincardine Branch

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Lunch and Learn @ the Tobermory Branch

Tech Help @ the Teeswater Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Alan Mallory Author Presentation @ the Wiarton Branch

Movies @ the Kincardine Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Paisley Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

FOL Book Club @ the Wiarton Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Tobermory Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Income Tax Preparation @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knit Group @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Card Making Workshop @ the Chesley Branch

Ozobots @ the Walkerton Branch

Tween Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Movies @ the Lucknow Branch

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Friends of the Library Meeting @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Tech Talk @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program @ the Mildmay Branch

Movies @ Park in Tobermory

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program @ the Chesley Branch

Wii Drop-in @ the Wiarton Branch

Science Experiments @ the Tiverton Branch

Knit Wits @ the Lucknow Branch

‘Tween Craft Nights @ the Mildmay Branch

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LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Wee Artists @ the Walkerton Branch

Learn to Make Chainmaille Jewelry @ the Kincardine Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

Lucknow Classics Book Club @ the Lucknow Branch

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All Day Make & Take Craft for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Make & Take Craft @ the Tobermory Branch

Scavenger Hunt @ the Sauble Beach 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

27

Read-a-Loud Storytime @ the Port Elgin Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

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Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Help @ the Teeswater Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Adult Book Club Meeting @ the Mildmay Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Wiarton Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Amnesty International Book Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Tobermory Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Income Tax Preparation @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knit Group @ the Port Elgin Branch

Adult Book Club Meeting @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Book Club @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Bedtime Stories @ the Lucknow Branch

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Wiarton Area Writers Group @ the Wiarton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Tech Talk @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Paper Quilling @ the Kincardine Branch

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program @ the Mildmay Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program @ the Chesley Branch

Wii Drop-in @ the Wiarton Branch

Science Experiments @ the Tiverton Branch

‘Tween Craft Nights @ the Mildmay Branch

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Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Chesley Branch

Paper Quilling @ the Kincardine Branch

Technology Appointments @ the Port Elgin Branch

Book Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

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Poetry Contest @ the Port Elgin Branch

Poetry Contest @ the Southampton Branch

All Day Make & Take Craft for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Paisley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tara Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Make & Take Craft @ the Tobermory Branch

Scavenger Hunt @ the Sauble Beach Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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