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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

December 2018
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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Cookbook Club @ the Wiarton Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Monday Movie Matinees @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

STEAM @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Tiverton Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Book Club @ the Ripley Branch

Little Learners - Preschool Story Time! @ the Teeswater Branch

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

StoryTime @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Mildmay Branch

Conversational French @ the Southampton Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Christmas Decoration Painting @ the Paisley Branch

Let’s Learn Together! @ the Southampton Branch

Adult Mistletoe Craft @ the Cargill Branch

Amnesty International Book Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Baby Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Tara Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Kincardine Branch

Book Club @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Book Club @ the Southampton Branch

After School Engineering - KEVA Contraptions @ the Lucknow Branch

After School Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

After School Boredom Busters @ the Teeswater Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Lion’s Head Sages @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Study for your Canadian Citizenship @ the Kincardine Branch

Book Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in STEM Activities @ the Kincardine Branch

Library Adventures Book Club @ the Wiarton Branch

Games Night @ the Port Elgin Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Oh the Songs and Stories! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

iPad Classes @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Paisley Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Movie Matinees @ the Chesley Branch

Book Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lucknow Branch

Knitting Club @ the Ripley Branch

Knitting To Do! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Whoville Christmas @ the Southampton Branch

Hanging of the Green Open House @ the Mildmay Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Food for Fines

All Day LEGO @ the Southampton Branch

Christmas Make and Take Craft @ the Cargill Branch

LEGO Club & Drop in Maker Craft @ the Walkerton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Maker’s Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Family Christmas Story Time @ the Tara Branch

Learning with Laura @ the Port Elgin Branch

Storytime and Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Candy Cane Day @ the Southampton Branch

Maker’s Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Food for Fines

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Food for Fines

Monday Movie Matinees @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

STEAM @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Tiverton Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Food for Fines

Chesley Friends of the Library Meeting @ the Chesley Branch

Little Learners - Preschool Story Time! @ the Teeswater Branch

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

StoryTime @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Conversational French @ the Southampton Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Kincardine Branch

Sign Language with Andrea Wist @ the Southampton Branch

Let’s Learn Together! @ the Southampton Branch

Children’s Christmas Craft @ the Cargill Branch

After School Boredom Busters @ the Mildmay Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Food for Fines

Friends of the Library Annual Christmas Silent Auction @ the Chesley Branch

Baby Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Tara Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Holiday Recipe Swap @ the Lucknow Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Christmas Craft Activities @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Kincardine Branch

Christmas Decoration Painting @ the Chesley Branch

Christmas Decoration Painting @ the Tara Branch

After School Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

After School Boredom Busters @ the Teeswater Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Food for Fines

Friends of the Library Annual Christmas Silent Auction @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Lion’s Head Sages @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Boomers & Beyond @ the Walkerton Branch

Study for your Canadian Citizenship @ the Kincardine Branch

Library Adventures Book Club @ the Wiarton Branch

Book Club @ the Paisley Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Food for Fines

Friends of the Library Annual Christmas Silent Auction @ the Chesley Branch

Oh the Songs and Stories! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Paisley Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Tech Help @ the Chesley Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lucknow Branch

Knitting Club @ the Ripley Branch

Knitting To Do! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Food for Fines

Friends of the Library Annual Christmas Silent Auction @ the Chesley Branch

All Day LEGO @ the Southampton Branch

Christmas Make and Take Craft @ the Cargill Branch

LEGO Club & Drop in Maker Craft @ the Walkerton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Maker’s Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Family Christmas Story Time @ the Paisley Branch

Storytime and Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Maker’s Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Friends of the Library Annual Christmas Silent Auction @ the Chesley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

STEM Challenges @ the Wiarton Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Friends of the Library Annual Christmas Silent Auction @ the Chesley Branch

Monday Movie Matinees @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

STEAM @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Tiverton Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Friends of the Library Annual Christmas Silent Auction @ the Chesley Branch

Little Learners - Preschool Story Time! @ the Teeswater Branch

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

StoryTime @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Conversational French @ the Southampton Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Lug a Mug Book Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Let’s Learn Together! @ the Southampton Branch

Adult’s Christmas Craft @ the Cargill Branch

After School Boredom Busters @ the Mildmay Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Friends of the Library Annual Christmas Silent Auction @ the Chesley Branch

Baby Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Tara Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Christmas Craft Activities @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Kincardine Branch

Holiday Recipe Swap @ the Ripley Branch

Book Club @ the Lucknow Branch

Free Flicks @ the Sauble Beach Branch

After School Robotics: Ozobots! @ the Lucknow Branch

After School Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

After School Boredom Busters @ the Teeswater Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Friends of the Library Annual Christmas Silent Auction @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Free Flicks @ the Wiarton Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Walkerton Branch

Study for your Canadian Citizenship @ the Kincardine Branch

The Other Book Club @ the Tiverton Branch

Library Adventures Book Club @ the Wiarton Branch

Festival of Lights @ the Port Elgin Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Santa Story Time @ the Chesley Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Friends of the Library Annual Christmas Silent Auction @ the Chesley Branch

Oh the Songs and Stories! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

iPad Classes @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Paisley Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Brown Bag Book Club @ the Chesley Branch

Guest Speaker Series @ the Chesley Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lucknow Branch

Knitting Club @ the Ripley Branch

Knitting To Do! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Tech Help @ the Tara Branch

Kids After School Fun @ the Walkerton Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Friends of the Library Annual Christmas Silent Auction @ the Chesley Branch

All Day LEGO @ the Southampton Branch

Christmas Card Craft @ the Southampton Branch

Christmas Make and Take Craft @ the Cargill Branch

LEGO Club & Drop in Maker Craft @ the Walkerton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Maker’s Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Christmas Cookie Exchange @ the Chesley Branch

Christmas Cookie Exchange @ the Paisley Branch

Christmas Cookie Exchange @ the Tara Branch

Learning with Laura @ the Port Elgin Branch

Storytime and Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Maker’s Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Friends of the Library Annual Christmas Silent Auction @ the Chesley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Friends of the Library Annual Christmas Silent Auction @ the Chesley Branch

Monday Movie Matinees @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Flipster Workshop @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

STEAM @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Tiverton Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Friends of the Library Annual Christmas Silent Auction @ the Chesley Branch

Little Learners - Preschool Story Time! @ the Teeswater Branch

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

StoryTime @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Conversational French @ the Southampton Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Kincardine Branch

Sign Language with Andrea Wist @ the Southampton Branch

Let’s Learn Together! @ the Southampton Branch

After School Robotics: Ozobots! @ the Ripley Branch

After School Boredom Busters @ the Mildmay Branch

Book Exchange @ the Mildmay Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Book Club @ the Wiarton Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Baby Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Tara Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Vegan and Vegetarian Conversation Circle @ the Lucknow Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Kincardine Branch

Book Club @ the Southampton Branch

After School Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

After School Boredom Busters @ the Teeswater Branch

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The Tree of Warmth @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Study for your Canadian Citizenship @ the Kincardine Branch

Book Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in STEM Activities @ the Kincardine Branch

Library Adventures Book Club @ the Wiarton Branch

Good Food Box @ the Chesley Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

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Oh the Songs and Stories! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Paisley Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Tech Help @ the Chesley Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lucknow Branch

Knitting Club @ the Ripley Branch

Knitting To Do! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

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Cookbook Club @ the Teeswater Branch

All Day LEGO @ the Southampton Branch

Christmas Make and Take Craft @ the Cargill Branch

LEGO Club & Drop in Maker Craft @ the Walkerton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Maker’s Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Storytime and Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Maker’s Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

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Story Time @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Bingo Dauber Art @ the Teeswater Branch

Board Games @ the Mildmay Branch

Family Movie – Smallfoot @ the Chesley Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

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Make and Take NYE Noisemakers @ the Mildmay Branch

Make and Take NYE Noisemakers @ the Teeswater Branch

Oh the Songs and Stories! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Paisley Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Kid’s Movie @ the Kincardine Branch

Movie Matinees @ the Chesley Branch

Book Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lucknow Branch

Knitting Club @ the Ripley Branch

Knitting To Do! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

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All Day LEGO @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club & Drop in Maker Craft @ the Walkerton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Maker’s Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Saturday Drop in Craft @ the Cargill Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Saturday Story Time @ the Mildmay Branch

Learning with Laura @ the Port Elgin Branch

Storytime and Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Maker’s Station @ the Tiverton Branch

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LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Cookbook Club @ the Wiarton Branch

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