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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

August 2018
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LEGO Challenge @ the Port Elgin Branch

LEGO Challenge @ the Southampton Branch

Cookbook Club @ the Wiarton Branch

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Drop in Maker Craft @ the Walkerton Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

STEM Challenges @ the Port Elgin Branch

Wii Drop-in @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Tiverton Branch Library

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Kids Veggie Garden Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Conversational French @ the Southampton Branch

Summer Reading Club Meetings @ the Mildmay Branch

Fresh Air Activities @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Paisley Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Wiarton Branch

Lucknow Scribblers Writing Group @ the Lucknow Branch Library

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Read to Me, Please! @ the Port Elgin Branch

Spanish Story Time for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Story Time @ the Tara Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Summer Reading Club Meetings @ the Teeswater Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Chesley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Midweek Make it! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Ripley Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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Tech Toy Fun @ the Teeswater Branch

Story Time @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Ron the Party Magician @ the Tobermory Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Southampton Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Tobermory Branch

Day Camp Visits the Chesley Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Lucknow Branch Library

Summer Reading Club @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Wii Drop-in @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

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Kincardine Reunion @ the Kincardine Branch

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

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch Library

Story Time @ the Paisley Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Summer Reading Club @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Tara Branch

Knitting Circle @ the Ripley Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Southampton 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 Walkerton Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Crafternoon @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Storytime and Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Trading Cards @ 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

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Kids Veggie Garden Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Conversational French @ the Southampton Branch

Summer Reading Club Meetings @ the Mildmay Branch

Fresh Air Activities @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Paisley Branch

Movies for Adults @ the Kincardine Branch

Sign Language with Andrea Wist @ the Southampton Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Wiarton Branch

Lucknow Scribblers Writing Group @ the Lucknow Branch Library

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Read to Me, Please! @ the Port Elgin Branch

Spanish Story Time for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Story Time @ the Tara Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Summer Reading Club Meetings @ the Teeswater Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Chesley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Midweek Make it! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Ripley Branch

Board Games/Chess Tournament @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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Kids Book Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Story Time @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Tobermory Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Southampton Branch

Canadian Raptor Conservancy @ the Tobermory Branch

Day Camp Visits the Chesley Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Kincardine Branch

The Other Book Club @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Summer Reading Club @ the Lucknow Branch Library

Summer Reading Club @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Wii Drop-in @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

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

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch Library

Story Time @ the Paisley Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Summer Reading Club @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Southampton Branch

Scrabble with Friends @ the Port Elgin Branch

Tech Help @ the Tara Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Tara Branch

Knitting Circle @ the Ripley Branch

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Drop in Saturday Craft @ the Cargill Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

LEGO Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Crafternoon @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Storytime and Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Southampton Branch

Trading Cards @ 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

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Kincardine Branch @ Victoria Park

Drop in Maker Craft @ the Walkerton Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

STEM Challenges @ the Port Elgin Branch

Maker’s Station @ the Tiverton Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Tiverton Branch Library

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Kids Veggie Garden Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Bruce Geddes @ the Tobermory Branch

Conversational French @ the Southampton Branch

Summer Reading Club Meetings @ the Mildmay Branch

Fresh Air Activities @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Paisley Branch

Lug -A- Mug Book Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Wiarton Branch

Lucknow Scribblers Writing Group @ the Lucknow Branch Library

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Read to Me, Please! @ the Port Elgin Branch

Spanish Story Time for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Story Time @ the Tara Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Panzerotti and Sunshine @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Community Living Movie @ the Kincardine Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Summer Reading Club Meetings @ the Teeswater Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Chesley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Midweek Make it! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Ripley Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Vegan and Vegetarian Conversation Circle @ the Lucknow Branch Library

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Story Time @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Southampton Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Tobermory Branch

Day Camp Visits the Chesley Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Walkerton Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Walkerton Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Lucknow Branch Library

Summer Reading Club @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Wii Drop-in @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

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

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch Library

Summer Reading Club @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Paisley Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Summer Reading Club @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Tara Branch

Knitting Circle @ the Ripley Branch

Knitting Club @ the Lion’s Head 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 Walkerton Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Crafternoon @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Storytime and Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Trading Cards @ 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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Drop in Maker Craft @ the Walkerton Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Panzerotti and Sunshine @ the Sauble Beach Branch

STEM Challenges @ the Port Elgin Branch

Maker’s Station @ the Tiverton Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Bruce Geddes @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Tiverton Branch Library

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Kids Veggie Garden Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Conversational French @ the Southampton Branch

Summer Reading Club Meetings @ the Mildmay Branch

Fresh Air Activities @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Tech Zoo @ the Paisley Branch

Lucknow Scribblers Writing Group @ the Lucknow Branch Library

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Read to Me, Please! @ the Port Elgin Branch

Spanish Story Time for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Story Time @ the Tara Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Panzerotti and Sunshine @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Tech Zoo @ the Chesley Branch

LEGO Club @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Midweek Make it! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Ripley Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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Kids Book Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Story Time @ the Chesley Branch

Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Day Camp Visits the Chesley Branch

Bruce Geddes @ the Wiarton Branch

Summer Reading Club @ the Lucknow Branch Library

Wii Drop-in @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Indoor Campfire @ the Port Elgin Branch

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Let’s Talk Science from University of Guelph @ the Mildmay Branch

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

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch Library

Story Time @ the Paisley Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Let’s Talk Science from U of Guelph @ the Teeswater Branch

Let’s Talk Science @ the Walkerton Branch

Tech Help @ the Paisley Branch

Tech Zoo @ the Tara Branch

Knitting Circle @ the Ripley Branch

Let’s Talk Science @ the Port Elgin Branch

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Let’s Talk Science @ 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 Walkerton Branch

Let’s Talk Science @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Storytime and Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Let’s Talk Science @ the Tobermory Branch

Trading Cards @ 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

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Drop in Maker Craft @ the Walkerton Branch

STEM Challenges @ the Port Elgin Branch

Friends of the Library Ice Cream Social @ the Port Elgin Branch

Maker’s Station @ the Tiverton Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley 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

The Panzerotti and Sunshine Show @ the Mildmay Branch

Amnesty International Book Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Lucknow Scribblers Writing Group @ the Lucknow Branch Library

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

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Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Read to Me, Please! @ the Port Elgin Branch

Spanish Story Time for Kids @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Conversational Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Book Club for Adults @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Southampton Branch

Midweek Make it! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Drop in Knitting Club @ the Kincardine Branch

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Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Bruce Geddes @ the Port Elgin Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Wii Drop-in @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

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Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch Library

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch Library

Knitting Circle @ the Ripley Branch

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Drop in Saturday Craft @ the Cargill Branch

LEGO Club & Drop in Maker Craft @ the Walkerton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Saturday Drop in Craft @ the Cargill Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Crafternoon Time @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Storytime and Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Trading Cards @ the Tobermory Branch

Maker’s Station @ the Kincardine Branch

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