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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

June 2018
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LEGO Challenge @ the Port Elgin Branch

Cookbook Club: Gadget Recipes Knit & Sip @ the Wiarton Branch

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Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

STEM Challenges @ the Port Elgin Branch

Wii Drop-in @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Tiverton Branch

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Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Adult Book Club Meeting @ the Mildmay Branch

Conversational French @ the Southampton Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Let’s Have Fun Drawing with Numbers @ the Cargill Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Read to Me, Please! @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Drop-In Knit Group @ the Port Elgin Branch

Adult Book Club Meeting @ the Teeswater Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Book Club @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Southampton Branch

After School Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Spanish for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Exploring Birds of Ontario with David T. Chapman @ the Tobermory Branch

Birds of Prey with David T. Chapman @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

‘Tween Scene! @ the Mildmay Branch

Knit & Sip @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

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Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

PD Day @ the Kincardine Branch

PD Day Painting Class @ the Kincardine Branch

PA Sponge Painting @ the Mildmay Branch

PD Day Mini Golfing @ the Cargill Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Tech Help @ the Chesley Branch

Dog Bite Prevention Presentation @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Dog Bite Prevention Presentation @ the Wiarton Branch

Knit Wits @ the Ripley Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lucknow Branch

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All Day STEM Challenge @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Saturday Craft @ the Cargill Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Ripley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tara Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Library Open House & “Tech Toy Petting Zoo” @ the Teeswater Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Always a Craft and a Story! @ the Tobermory Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch Library

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LEGO Challenge @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Southampton Branch

Birds of Prey with David T. Chapman @ the Kincardine Branch

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Wii Drop-in @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

STEM Challenges @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Tiverton Branch Library

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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

Conversational French @ the Southampton Branch

Tech Help @ the Chesley Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Kincardine Branch

Sign Language with Andrea Wist @ the Southampton Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Read to Me, Please! @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

After School Drop-in @ the Teeswater Branch

Spanish for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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Dog Bite Prevention Presentation @ the Tobermory Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Book Club @ the Paisley Branch

Knit & Sip @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

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Friends of the Library AGM @ the Wiarton Branch

Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

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

Story Journey @ the Bluewater Park, Historic Train Station in Wiarton

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

FREE Technology Workshops @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Brown Bag Book Club @ the Chesley Branch

Scrabble with Friends @ the Port Elgin Branch

Tech Help @ the Tara Branch

Knit Wits @ the Ripley Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lucknow Branch

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All Day LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

All Day STEM Challenge @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Saturday Craft @ the Cargill Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Ripley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Always a Craft and a Story! @ the Tobermory Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch Library

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LEGO Challenge @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Southampton Branch

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Wii Drop-in @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

STEM Challenges @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Tiverton Branch Library

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Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Conversational French @ the Southampton Branch

Tech help @ the Paisley Branch

Lug -A- Mug Book Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

Local author Carolyn Muir Helfenstein @ the Kincardine Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Read to Me, Please! @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Learn About Freegal @ the Wiarton Branch

Monarch Butterfly Presentation @ the Tobermory Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

Book Club @ the Lucknow Branch

Learn About Freegal @ the Sauble Beach Branch

After School Drop-in @ the Teeswater Branch

Spanish for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Tech Help @ the Tara Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

The Other Book Club @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Knit & Sip @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

LEGO Club @ the Chesley Branch

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Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

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

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Tech Help @ the Chesley Branch

Knit Wits @ the Ripley Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lucknow Branch

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All Day LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

All Day STEM Challenge @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Saturday Craft @ the Cargill Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Ripley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tara Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Always a Craft and a Story! @ the Tobermory Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch Library

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LEGO Challenge @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Southampton Branch

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Wii Drop-in @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

STEM Challenges @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Amnesty International Book Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Kincardine Branch

FOL Book Club @ the Wiarton Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Read to Me, Please! @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Tara Branch

After School Drop-in @ the Teeswater Branch

Spanish for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking Conversation Circle @ the Lucknow Branch

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Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Walkerton Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Knit & Sip @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

LEGO Club @ the Chesley Branch

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Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

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

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

FREE Technology Workshops @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Tech Help @ the Paisley Branch

Knit Wits @ the Ripley Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lucknow Branch

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Chesley Friends of the Library Book Sale

All Day LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

All Day STEM Challenge @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Saturday Craft @ the Cargill Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Ripley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Always a Craft and a Story! @ the Tobermory Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch Library

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LEGO Challenge @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Southampton Branch

Cookbook Club @ the Wiarton Branch

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Wii Drop-in @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

STEM Challenges @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Tiverton Branch Library

26

Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Adult Book Club Meeting @ the Mildmay Branch

Book Club @ the Tobermory Branch

Conversational French @ the Southampton Branch

Sign Language with Andrea Wist @ the Southampton Branch

Friends of the Library Meeting @ the Tobermory Branch

Card-Making with Bonnie @ the Walkerton Branch

TD Summer Reading Club Craft @ the Walkerton Branch

Lucknow Scribblers @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Read to Me, Please! @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time & Craft @ the Tara Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine 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 Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Story Builder @ the Port Elgin Branch

Book Club @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Southampton Branch

Spanish for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

Summer Fun Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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Story Time & Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Author Visit @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop In Summer Reading Club Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Drop in Summer Reading Club Craft @ the Paisley Branch

Drop In Summer Reading Club Craft @ the Tara Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Summer Reading Club Games @ the Tiverton Branch

Summer Fun Club Meeting @ the Mildmay Branch

Knit & Sip @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Homecoming Family Movie @ the Lucknow Branch

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Mayor Buckle Drop in @ the Mildmay Branch

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

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Movie Matinee @ the Chesley Branch

Book Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lucknow Branch

Friends of the Library Book Sale @ the Port Elgin Branch

The Lucknow Strawberry Festival

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All Day LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

All Day STEM Challenge @ the Southampton Branch

Friends of the Library Book Sale @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Lucknow Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Drop In Summer Reading Club Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Drop in Summer Reading Club Craft @ the Paisley Branch

Drop In Summer Reading Club Craft @ the Tara Branch

Always a Craft and a Story! @ the Tobermory Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Kincardine Branch

Makers’ Station @ the Tiverton Branch Library

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