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Services

Memberships

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 license) in order to obtain a Bruce County Public Library Card.

Children 14 and under must have the signature of a parent or guardian to obtain a Bruce County Public Library Card. That parent or guardian must themselves be a library member in good standing and present acceptable identification The parent/guardian signs for responsibility for fees, damages or lost items.

Your 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).

Membership expires every 2 years. Renewal requires verification of the member’s name, address, telephone number and payment of all outstanding monies owed to the library.

Note: You can change your PIN any time 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 steps to change to your new 4 digit PIN.

Non-Resident Memberships

If you are not a resident of Bruce County you can still access all of our resources with a free membership by completing a membership application at any of our 17 branches.

Interlibrary Loan Service

An Interlibrary Loan is a request for an item from another public library system outside of our 17 BCPL branches. Contact your local branch to make an ILL request. If the item is older than a year, we can request it from another library system for you. You can use our online Interlibrary Loan Request form

Make sure to include as much information about the item as possible including: Title, author, date/year of publication (if known), format (book, movie etc.) and any other pertinent information (like subject, subtitle etc.) as well as your e-mail address.

You will be notified by telephone or e-mail when the material is available for pickup at your designated Branch Library.

Note: Bruce County Public Library is part of the information resource sharing network for Ontario Public Libraries, allowing patrons access to the collections of over 175 public libraries in Ontario, public and academic libraries across the country, the Ontario Archives, and Library and Archives Canada. The network is a partnership between the participating public libraries, Ontario Library Service-North and Southern Ontario Library Service with support from the Ministry of Culture.

Changes to Interlibrary Loan Services

January 1, 2017

The Bruce County Public Library will resume filling requests for AV material through the interlibrary loan service.

 

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Computer Services

Bruce County Public Library considers Internet resources an extension of its material collections for library users and one of the richest information resources available to the public. The Internet is also a participatory community space, and an important vehicle for developing community amongst library users.

BCPL Internet Service is available to library card holders in good standing.  The first 60 minutes are free to library members.  Additional 30 minute sessions are $1.00.

Non-members may use BCPL Internet Services for $1.00 for a 30 minute session.

BCPL is not responsible for the content or quality and accuracy of information retrieved on library Internet workstations or through the use of the public wireless network.

BCPL is not responsible for customer actions resulting from content read on the Internet from a library workstation. Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information about users’ activities. The library assumes no responsibility for the security and privacy of on-line transactions nor is the library liable for any loss or theft of personal information.

Children are entitled to access to all information and facilities in the Library. As with other library materials, children’s access to the Internet and other electronic networks is the responsibility of parents and guardians.

The library is not responsible for any damage to customer disks, removable media or external devices that may be connected to or inserted into a library workstation or connected to BCPL power.

Users must not install software or run any programs on BCPL computer equipment that has not been installed by BCPL staff. Users should not develop or use programs that infiltrate a computer or computer system and/or damage or alter the software components of a local or remote computer or computing system. No alteration, damage or destruction of the library’s computer hardware is permitted.

Please see our Internet Services Policy for further information regarding computer use.

Wireless

Wireless service is available free of charge to all visitors to the library and does not require a password. The use of the wireless network does not have a time limit.

The library’s wireless network is not secure; the library cannot guarantee the safety of traffic across its wireless network. The library does not assume any responsibility for the configuration, security or files on personal laptops resulting from connection to the library’s network. Users should be aware that information sent to or from their laptop can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and appropriate software.

 

Photocopying, Faxing, Printing & Scanning

Photocopying is available at $.25 cents per page and is available in black and white only.

Fax service is available.  In Canada, the charge is $1.00 for the first page and $.50 cents for each subsequent page.  International charges are $2.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each subsequent page. If you would like the library to receive faxes on your behalf, please contact your local branch so that they may advise you of the fax number and the estimated costs.

Printing is available at $.25 cents per page for black and white only.

Scanning is available at no charge in most of our branches. Please contact your local branch to see if scanning is available.

 

Mobile Apps

Many of the Library’s resources are now available for your mobile device courtesy of our service providers. Click on the links below and download the app for your mobile device.

OverDrive app for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android & Windows Mobile.

Overdrive allows you to download ebooks and audiobooks on your mobile devices using the OverDrive app. Just sign in with your library card & PIN to access thousands of titles.

Mango Languages Library Edition app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad & Android

Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more. With the app you’ll be able to access Mango courses just about anywhere!

TumbleBookLibrary now has iPad compatible tumblebooks. You can find these titles at the top of the list in the Story Books section. Simply click on the iPad icon to launch the book.

Use the Flipster app, available through the iTunes store for iOS devices and on the Google Play store for Android phones and tablets, to download magazines for offline reading.

Access leading digital magazines on your computer and mobile device with Flipster, the digital magazine newsstand from EBSCO – courtesy of your local library.

 

Renewals & Holds

HOLDS

The books you see on the shelf 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 , DVD, or magazine from any one of our branches.

Follow these steps to place a hold:

  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 email or telephone as soon as the material is available for pick-up.

RENEWALS

To renew an item, 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. If you wish to renew your loans, click on “Renew My Materials” and you will be able to renew all items at once, or select individual items to be renewed by selecting “Renew Selected Items”. After completing this step, you will be notified that the item was successfully renewed and it will show a new due date. If the item could not be renewed, you will be notified immediately that your renewal was not successful.

Why am I unable to renew my item?

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. If the item you have out has been renewed the maximum number of times (5 times) then you will not be able to renew again. If another patron has a hold on the item, you will not be able to renew it. If your membership has expired you will not be able to renew or place holds online.

 

 

Loans & Fines

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)

1 week for magazines

Reference material, local history materials and newspapers are not available for loan.

Renewals are possible and may be done by phone, in person, or on-line (unless someone else has requested the item you have out). You may renew an item up to 5 times if there is no one else waiting for that item.

All Branch Libraries provide an after-hours book return.

Late charges are as follows:

$.25 per item per day for magazines, audiobooks, CDs, books to a maximum of $10 per item.

$1.00 per item per day for DVDs to a maximum of $10 per item.

$.25 per day per item for Inter-library Loan Items to a maximum of $10 per item.

All privileges will be suspended when members have fees and/or overdue materials in excess of $10. Privileges will be reinstated when charges are paid.

Help avoid receiving fines by registering for email notifications. Pre-overdue notices are sent out via email 3 days before your materials are due.

Email notices will be sent to the email address on record. It is the responsibility of the card holder to inform the Library of any changes to contact information. Failure to receive a notice does not absolve the borrower of any fines or charges incurred for late, lost or damaged materials.

 

Room Rentals

Some of our branches have meeting room space available for rent. Please contact your local branch to inquire about availability. Some meeting spaces are booked through the municipality and for those rooms the rates determined by the municipality apply.

Groups/individuals: $20 for 3 hours / $5 for each additional hour

Non-Profit Community Groups: $15 for 3 hours / $3 for each additional hour

Bruce County Departments and Friends of the Library Groups: no charge

 

Accessibility @ Your Library

BCPL strives to provide an accessible environment for all of our visitors.  Our staff has completed Accessibility Training.  We encourage anyone experiencing accessibility issues to seek assistance from Library staff at any service point.

POLICY

The Bruce County Public Library is committed to providing quality library services that are accessible to all persons who wish to obtain and use Library services delivered in adherence to the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity. Our branches are equipped with material in various formats and provide various assistive devices and technology. Please contact your local branch for more information on assistive devices and accessibility.

For the purposes of AODA, the Library provides services on behalf of the County of Bruce, and therefore is considered, along with the County, to be a “large designated public sector organization with more than 50 employees”. The Library complies with the obligations for this sector as set out in the AODA regulations.

Accessible Customer Service Policy

 

Audio Visual Equipment

Audio Visual Equipment may be borrowed by library members at the following rates:

Overhead projectors – $6.00 per open day

Projection Screen – $5.00 per open day

LCD Projector – $20.00 per open day

 

 

Exam Proctoring:

As of January 1, 2017 exam proctoring service is available at select locations at Bruce County Public Library Branches for a fee of $20. Each branch will determine whether it can accommodate such requests. The $20.00 fee does not include material or mailing/courier costs.

 

 

Museum Pass Lending:

Beginning January 1, 2017 the Bruce County Public Library will have Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre passes available to lend for free!

 

Borrowing Rules & Conditions of the pass are as follows:

 

Upcoming Events

September 2017
S M T W T F S
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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

8

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

9

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

10

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO Club @ the Wiarton Branch

11

Read Aloud Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

Wii Drop In @ the Sauble Beach Branch

12

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

14

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

15

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

16

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

17

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO Club @ the Wiarton Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Wiarton Branch

18

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

19

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

23

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

24

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO Club @ the Wiarton Branch

25

Read Aloud Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

Wii Drop In @ the Sauble Beach Branch

26

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

27

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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