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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

November 2017
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LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Spooktacular Halloween Fun for Kids @ the Wiarton Branch

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Adult Pumpkin Carving @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Read Aloud Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Movie Time @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Wii Drop-in @ the Sauble Beach Branch

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Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Adult Book Club Meeting @ the Mildmay Branch

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

Spooktacular Storytime @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Spooktacular Storytime @ the Tobermory Branch

STEM Activities @ the Tiverton Branch

STEM Activities @ the Tiverton Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

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Pre-school StoryTime @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

FREE Technology Workshops @ the Port Elgin Branch

Kids’ Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Let’s Do Program @ the Chesley Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

FREE Technology Workshops @ the Southampton Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Tiverton Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Wii Drop-in @ the Wiarton Branch

Paisley Book Club @ the Paisley Branch

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Mayor Buckle Drop In @ the Mildmay Branch

Song and Stories @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Bracelet Workshops @ the Kincardine Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lucknow Branch

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All Day LEGO @ the Walkerton Branch

All Day LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Paisley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tara Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Builder’s Club @ the Mildmay Branch

Always a Craft or Two! @ the Tobermory Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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15th Anniversary in the Ross Whicher Centre @ the Wiarton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO Club @ the Wiarton Branch

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Read Aloud Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

Wii Drop in @ the Sauble Beach Branch

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Business to Bruce @ the Port Elgin Branch

Chesley Friends of the Library Meeting

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

Fun with Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

STEM Activities @ the Tiverton Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Pre-school StoryTime @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Adult Crafts @ the Southampton Branch

Book Club @ the Lucknow Branch

Kids’ Club @ the Teeswater Branch

After School French Club @ the Southampton Branch

Curiosity Corner Book Club for Kids @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Adult Crafts @ the Port Elgin Branch

Movie at the Park in Tobermory

Paper Quilling 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

LEGO Club @ the Chesley Branch

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Mayor Buckle Drop In @ the Mildmay Branch

Song and Stories @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Brown Bag Book Club @ the Chesley Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lucknow 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

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Business to Bruce Seminars @ the Kincardine 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

Conversational French @ the Southampton Branch

Lug A Mug Book Club @ the Kincardine Branch

STEM Activities @ the Tiverton Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Library Board Meeting @ the Library HQ

Pre-school StoryTime @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

FREE Technology Workshops @ the Port Elgin Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Walkerton Branch

Tara Cookbook Book Club @ the Tara Branch

Kids’ Club @ the Teeswater Branch

After School French Club @ the Southampton Branch

Let’s Do Art Program @ the Chesley Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Adult Crafts @ the Port Elgin Branch

FREE Technology Workshops @ the Southampton Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Tiverton Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Wii Drop-in @ the Wiarton Branch

Good Food Program @ the Chesley Branch

Shoppers Night Drop-in Craft @ the Walkerton Branch

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Friends of the Library Meeting @ the Wiarton Branch

Mayor Buckle Drop In @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Bracelet Workshops @ the Kincardine Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lucknow Branch

Teen Trivia + Karaoke Night @ the Walkerton Branch

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All Day LEGO @ the Walkerton Branch

All Day LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Paisley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tara Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Always a Craft or Two! @ 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

Storm Chasing Presentation with David T. Chapman @ Lions Head Library Meeting Room

Movie Matinee @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

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Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Storm Chasing Presentation David Chapman @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Paisley Cookbook Club @ the Paisley Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Wiarton Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Kincardine 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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Pre-school StoryTime @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Adult Crafts @ the Southampton Branch

Kids’ Club @ the Teeswater Branch

After School French Club @ the Southampton Branch

Curiosity Corner Book Club for Kids @ the Port Elgin Branch

Let’s Do Art Program @ the Chesley Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Bedtime Stories @ the Lucknow Branch

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Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Adult Crafts @ the Port Elgin Branch

Movie at the Park in Tobermory

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Wii Drop-in @ the Wiarton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Chesley Branch

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PA Day Drop in Crafts @ the Lucknow Branch

Mayor Buckle Drop In @ the Mildmay Branch

Song and Stories @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Community Planning with LEGO @ the Kincardine Branch

Build it on P.A Day @ the Tobermory Branch

PA Day Boredom Buster @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Where’s Waldo @ the Sauble Beach Branch

PA Day Paper Sculpture Crafting @ the Mildmay Branch

Build it on PA Day! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Chesley Branch

PD Day Movie @ the Walkerton Branch

Where’s Waldo @ the Wiarton Branch

PA Day Bordom Buster @ the Tara Branch

Book Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lucknow Branch

PA Day Boredom Buster @ the Paisley Branch

"Hanging of the Green” Library Open House @ the Mildmay Branch

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All Day LEGO @ the Walkerton Branch

All Day LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Builder’s Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Always a Craft or Two! @ the Tobermory Branch

Beginner Knitting @ the Paisley Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch

Santa Claus Parade Crafts @ the Walkerton Branch

3rd Annual Gingerbread Library @ the Port Elgin Branch

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LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO Club @ the Wiarton Branch

Local Author - Marty Elkins @ the Wiarton Branch

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Read Aloud Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

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Business to Bruce Seminars @ the Kincardine Branch

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

Conversational French @ the Southampton Branch

Friends of the Library Meeting @ the Tobermory Branch

Amnesty International Book Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Pre-school StoryTime @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Adult Book Club Meeting @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Book Club @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Southampton Branch

After School French Club @ the Southampton Branch

Let’s Do Art Program @ the Chesley Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Storm Chasing Presentation with David T. Chapman @ the Teeswater Branch

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Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

FREE Technology Workshops @ the Southampton Branch

Chakra House of Healing @ the Port Elgin Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

‘Tween Scene is Back!! @ the Mildmay Branch

Wii Drop-in @ the Wiarton Branch

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Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

Song and Stories @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lucknow Branch

Gingerbread Library @ the Southampton Branch

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All Day LEGO Club @ the Southampton Branch

Drop-In Saturday Craft @ the Cargill Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Paisley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tara Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Builder’s Club @ the Mildmay Branch

Always a Craft or Two! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Always a Craft or Two! @ the Tobermory Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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