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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

October 2018
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LEGO Challenge @ the Southampton Branch

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Cookbook Club @ the Wiarton Branch

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Maker’s Station @ the Tiverton Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

Drop in STEM @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Tiverton Branch

2

Little Learners Preschool Story Time @ the Teeswater Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Conversational French @ the Southampton Branch

Hearing Life Presentation @ the Wiarton Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Kincardine Branch

Let's Learn Together @ the Southampton Branch

Lucknow Scribblers Writing Group @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

3

Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Read to Me, Please! @ the Port Elgin 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

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Kincardine Branch

Pulled String Art for Adults @ the Port Elgin Branch

After School Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Kincardine Branch

4

Preschool Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Story Time @ the Chesley Branch

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

Making Grey Bruce Home @ the Kincardine Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Boomers and Beyond @ the Walkerton Branch

Library Adventures Book Club @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

5

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

Culture Days @ the Port Elgin Branch

Tech Help @ the Chesley Branch

Classic Book Club @ the Lucknow Branch

Knitting Circle @ the Ripley Branch

Knitting To Do! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

6

All Day LEGO @ the Southampton 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

Learning with Laura @ the Port Elgin Branch

Storytime and Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Maker’s Station @ the Kincardine Branch

7

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

8

Maker’s Station @ the Tiverton Branch

9

Little Learners Preschool Story Time @ the Teeswater Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Conversational French @ the Southampton Branch

Making Grey-Bruce Home @ the Chesley Branch

Lug a Mug Book Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Author Paul Hock @ the Kincardine Branch

Let's Learn Together @ the Southampton Branch

NEW - ShaZam! Comic Book Club @ the Mildmay Branch

Lucknow Scribblers Writing Group @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

10

Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Baby and Me Music Group with Community Living @ the kincardine Branch

Read to Me, Please! @ the Port Elgin 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

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Kincardine Branch

Hearing Life Presentation @ the Chesley Branch

After School Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

ShaZamm! Comic Book Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Kincardine Branch

11

Preschool Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Story Time @ the Chesley Branch

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

Making Grey Bruce Home @ the Port Elgin Branch

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

The Other Book Club @ the Tiverton Branch

Library Adventures Book Club @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

12

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 Tara Branch

Knitting Circle @ the Ripley Branch

13

All Day LEGO @ the Southampton 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

Maker’s Station @ the Kincardine Branch

14

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

STEM Challenges @ the Wiarton Branch

15

Monday Movie Matinees @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Tech Buddy @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

Drop in STEM @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Tiverton Branch

16

Little Learners Preschool Story Time @ the Teeswater Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Essential Oils Workshop @ the Southampton Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Kincardine Branch

Lucknow Scribblers Writing Group @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

17

Author Visit with Doug Archer @ the Teeswater Branch

Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Read to Me, Please! @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine 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

Author Visit with Doug Archer @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Kincardine Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Kincardine Branch

18

Friends of the Library Meeting @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Story Time @ the Chesley Branch

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

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Free Flicks @ the Wiarton Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Walkerton Branch

Hearing Life presentation @ the Lucknow Branch

Library Adventures Book Club @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Spooky Stories @ the Port Elgin Branch

19

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

Essential Oils Workshop @ the Port Elgin Branch

Tech Help @ the Chesley Branch

Knitting Circle @ the Ripley Branch

Knitting To Do! @ the Lion’s Head Branch

20

All Day LEGO @ the Southampton 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

Learning with Laura @ the Port Elgin Branch

Storytime and Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Maker’s Station @ the Kincardine Branch

21

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

22

Monday Movie Matinees @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Tech Buddy @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

Drop in STEM @ the Port Elgin Branch

23

Little Learners Preschool Story Time @ the Teeswater Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Book Club for Adults @ the Mildmay Branch

NEW - ShaZam! Comic Book Club @ the Mildmay Branch

Amnesty International Book Club @ the Kincardine Branch

Lucknow Scribblers Writing Group @ the Lucknow Branch

Pajama Bedtime Stories @ the Mildmay Branch

24

Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

EarlyON @ the Tobermory Branch

Read to Me, Please! @ the Port Elgin Branch

Story Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Story Time @ the Tara Branch

Baby Time @ the Walkerton Branch

Story Time @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Kincardine Branch

Movie Matinee @ the Lucknow Branch

ShaZamm! Comic Book Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Kincardine Branch

25

Preschool Story Time @ the Ripley Branch

Story Time @ the Chesley Branch

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

Tech Time @ the Kincardine Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Author Visit with Doug Archer @ the Wiarton Branch

Library Adventures Book Club @ the Wiarton Branch

Tech Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Community Information Expo @ the Walkerton Branch

26

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

PA Days @ the Mildmay Branch

PD Day Halloween Party @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Lucknow Branch

Story Time @ the Paisley Branch

Story Time @ the Tiverton Branch

PD Day Activity @ the Cargill Branch

PD Day Halloween Craft @ the Wiarton Branch

Pre-Spooky Bash @ the Tobermory Branch

PD Day Movies @ the Teeswater Branch

Titanic Escape Room @ the Kincardine Branch

PD Day Halloween Party! @ the Walkerton Branch

Knitting Circle @ the Ripley Branch

PD Day Pumpkins @ the Ripley 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

Saturday Drop in Craft @ the Cargill Branch

Baby Time @ the Tiverton Branch

Halloween Craft @ the Chesley Branch

Halloween Craft @ the Paisley Branch

Halloween Craft @ the Tara Branch

NEW: Cookbook Club @ the Teeswater Branch

Crafternoon Time @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Storytime and Crafts @ the Tobermory Branch

Doug Archer Book Launch @ the Port Elgin Branch

Maker’s Station @ the Kincardine Branch

28

LEGO Club @ the Port Elgin Branch

Cookbook Club @ the Wiarton Branch

29

Monday Movie Matinees @ the Lion’s Head Branch

Tech Buddy @ the Port Elgin Branch

Yarns & Tales @ the Chesley Branch

Drop in STEM @ the Port Elgin Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Tiverton Branch

30

Little Learners Preschool Story Time @ the Teeswater Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Port Elgin Branch

Preschool Story Time @ the Southampton Branch

Story Time @ the Wiarton Branch

Book Club @ the Tobermory Branch

Conversational French @ the Southampton Branch

Crafter-School @ the Teeswater Branch

“Crafter-school” Hallowe’en Crafts @ the Mildmay Branch

Lucknow Scribblers Writing Group @ the Lucknow Branch

31

Story Time @ the Walkerton Branch

EarlyON @ the Tobermory Branch

Read to Me, Please! @ the Port Elgin 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

Beginner Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

Book Club for Adults @ the Teeswater Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Kincardine Branch

Book Club @ the Sauble Beach Branch

Adult Book Club @ the Southampton Branch

After School Spanish @ the Southampton Branch

SPOOKtacular Storytime @ the Tobermory Branch

Drop in Knitting @ the Kincardine Branch

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