Services

Discover the Bruce County Public Library and uncover all of the information, knowledge, and entertainment resources one needs to achieve goals, foster interests, and realize dreams.

Membership

Bruce County Resident Memberships

You can apply online by clicking here or stop by your local branch with a piece of identification that shows your name and current home address (e.g. current driver’s license).
Children 14 and under must have the signature of a parent or guardian to obtain a BCPL card. That guardian must themselves be a library member in good standing and present acceptable identification. The guardian must sign for responsibility for fees, damages, or lost items.

Your library card will allow you to access your account on our online catalogue. Sign in with your User Name (14 digit number under barcode on your BCPL card) and PIN (4 digit number assigned when you received your new library card).
Membership expires every 2 years. Renewal requires verification of the member’s name, address, telephone number, and payment of all outstanding monies owed to the library.

Note: You can change your PIN any time 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 steps to change to your new 4 digit PIN.

Non-Resident Memberships

If you are not a resident of Bruce County you can still access all of our resources with a free membership by completing a membership application at any of our 17 branches. Can’t make it to a branch? No problem, you can apply online.

Interlibrary Loan Services

An Interlibrary Loan is a request for an item from another public library system outside of our 17 BCPL branches. Contact your local branch to make an ILL request. If the item is older than a year, we can request it from another library system for you. You can also make a request with our online Interlibrary Loan Request form.

Please include as much information about the item as possible, including: Title, author, date/year of publication (if known), format (book, movie etc.) and any other pertinent information (like subject, subtitle etc.) as well as your e-mail address.

You will be notified by telephone or e-mail when the material is available for pickup at your designated branch library.

Note: Bruce County Public Library is part of the information resource sharing network for Ontario Public Libraries, allowing patrons access to the collections of over 175 public libraries in Ontario, public and academic libraries across the country, the Ontario Archives, and Library and Archives Canada. The network is a partnership between the participating public libraries, Ontario Library Service-North, and Southern Ontario Library Service, with support from the Ministry of Culture.

Changes to Interlibrary Loan Services

December 1, 2017

We’re trying to keep things simple by:

  • Giving you 7 days to pick up your ILL hold before it’s sent back to the lending library (just like your Bruce County holds)
  • Having the same loan period for all ILL items – 2 weeks
  • Making ILL items non-renewable (most libraries don’t let us renew)
  • Having the same fines for ILL items are the same as other Bruce County items
  • $1.00/day for DVDs and $0.25/day for all other items

Not finished with the book or DVD? We’re happy to request it for you again!

Interlibrary Loan Book Club Changes

Starting in January 2019, Bruce County Public Library will no longer interlibrary loan a collection of books for book clubs.

Instead, we will be providing 12 kits of popular titles per year. Each kit will contain 10 copies. We’ve already started ordering kits this year to get ready!

We’ll have a quick link on the catalogue so that book clubs can easily find the kits that are available. You can borrow the kits for 6 weeks.

For FAQ on Interlibrary Loan Book Club Changes, click here.

Computer Services

Bruce County Public Library considers Internet resources an extension of its material collections for library users and one of the richest information resources available to the public. The Internet is also a participatory community space, and an important vehicle for developing community amongst library users.

Internet-capable Computer Service is available to library card holders in good standing.  The first 60 minutes are free to library members.  Additional 30 minute sessions are $1.00.

Non-members may use BCPL Computer Services for $1.00 for a 30 minute session.

Free wi-fi is available at all branches.

BCPL is not responsible for the content or quality and accuracy of information retrieved on library Internet workstations or through the use of the public wireless network.

BCPL is not responsible for customer actions resulting from content read on the Internet from a library workstation. Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information about users’ activities. The library assumes no responsibility for the security and privacy of on-line transactions nor is the library liable for any loss or theft of personal information.

Children are entitled to access to all information and facilities in the Library. As with other library materials, children’s access to the Internet and other electronic networks is the responsibility of parents and guardians.

The library is not responsible for any damage to customer disks, removable media or external devices that may be connected to or inserted into a library workstation or connected to BCPL power.

Users must not install software or run any programs on BCPL computer equipment that has not been installed by BCPL staff. Users should not develop or use programs that infiltrate a computer or computer system and/or damage or alter the software components of a local or remote computer or computing system. No alteration, damage or destruction of the library’s computer hardware is permitted.

Please see our Internet Services Policy for further information regarding computer use.

Wireless

Wireless service is available free of charge to all visitors to the library and does not require a password. The use of the wireless network does not have a time limit.

The library’s wireless network is not secure; the library cannot guarantee the safety of traffic across its wireless network. The library does not assume any responsibility for the configuration, security or files on personal laptops resulting from connection to the library’s network. Users should be aware that information sent to or from their laptop can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and appropriate software.

Photocopying, Faxing, Printing & Scanning

Photocopying is available at $.25 cents per page and is available in black and white only.

Fax service is available.  In Canada, the charge is $1.00 for the first page and $.50 cents for each subsequent page.  International charges are $2.00 for the first page and $1.00 for each subsequent page. If you would like the library to receive faxes on your behalf, please contact your local branch so that they may advise you of the fax number and the estimated costs.

Printing is available at $.25 cents per page for black and white only.

Scanning is available at no charge in most of our branches. Please contact your local branch to see if scanning is available.

Mobile Apps

Many of the Library’s resources are now available for your mobile device courtesy of our service providers. Click on the links below and download the app for your mobile device.

OverDrive

OverDrive App for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android & Windows Mobile.

Overdrive allows you to download ebooks and audiobooks on your mobile devices using the OverDrive app. Just sign in with your library card & PIN to access thousands of titles.

As well, don’t forget to check out the Libby App!

Mango

Mango Languages Library Edition app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad & Android

Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, and more. With the app you’ll be able to access Mango courses just about anywhere!

TumbleBookLibrary

TumbleBookLibrary now has iPad compatible tumblebooks. You can find these titles at the top of the list in the Story Books section. Simply click on the iPad icon to launch the book.

Flipster

Use the Flipster app, available through the iTunes store for iOS devices and on the Google Play store for Android phones and tablets, to download magazines for offline reading.

Access leading digital magazines on your computer and mobile device with Flipster, the digital magazine newsstand from EBSCO – courtesy of your local library.

Renewals & Holds

HOLDS

The books you see on the shelf 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 , DVD, or magazine from any one of our branches.

Follow these steps to place a hold:

  1. Find the item you want to request in the
  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 email or telephone as soon as the material is available for pick-up.

RENEWALS

To renew an item, click 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. If you wish to renew your loans, click on “Renew My Materials” and you will be able to renew all items at once, or select individual items to be renewed by selecting “Renew Selected Items”. After completing this step, you will be notified that the item was successfully renewed and it will show a new due date. If the item could not be renewed, you will be notified immediately that your renewal was not successful.

Why am I unable to renew my item?

  • 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.
  • If the item you have out has been renewed the maximum number of times (5 times) then you will not be able to renew again.
  • If another patron has a hold on the item, you will not be able to renew it.
  • If your membership has expired you will not be able to renew or place holds online.

Loans & Fines

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)
  • 1 week for magazines
  • Reference material, local history materials and newspapers are not available for loan.

Renewals are possible and may be done by phone, in person, or on-line (unless someone else has requested the item you have out). You may renew an item up to 5 times if there is no one else waiting for that item.

All Branch Libraries provide an after-hours book return.

Late charges are as follows:

$.25 per item per day for magazines, audiobooks, CDs, books to a maximum of $10 per item.

$1.00 per item per day for DVDs to a maximum of $10 per item.

$.25 per day per item for Inter-library Loan Items to a maximum of $10 per item.

All privileges will be suspended when members have fees and/or overdue materials in excess of $10. Privileges will be reinstated when charges are paid.

Help avoid receiving fines by registering for email notifications. Pre-overdue notices are sent out via email 3 days before your materials are due.

Email notices will be sent to the email address on record. It is the responsibility of the card holder to inform the library of any changes to contact information. Failure to receive a notice does not absolve the borrower of any fines or charges incurred for late, lost, or damaged materials.

Room Rentals

Some of our branches have meeting room space available for rent. Please contact your local branch to inquire about availability. Some meeting spaces are booked through the municipality and for those rooms the rates determined by the municipality apply.

  • Groups/individuals: $20 for 3 hours / $5 for each additional hour
  • Non-Profit Community Groups: $15 for 3 hours / $3 for each additional hour
  • Bruce County Departments and Friends of the Library Groups: no charge

Any questions or to request a room, click here.

Accessibility @ Your Library

BCPL strives to provide an accessible environment for all of our visitors. Our staff have completed Accessibility Training. We encourage anyone experiencing accessibility issues to seek assistance from Library staff at any service point.

POLICY

The Bruce County Public Library is committed to providing quality library services that are accessible to all persons who wish to obtain and use Library services delivered in adherence to the principles of dignity, independence, integration and equal opportunity. Our branches are equipped with material in various formats and provide various assistive devices and technology. Please contact your local branch for more information on assistive devices and accessibility.

For the purposes of AODA, the Library provides services on behalf of the County of Bruce, and therefore is considered, along with the County, to be a “large designated public sector organization with more than 50 employees”. The Library complies with the obligations for this sector as set out in the AODA regulations.

Accessibility Policy

Audio Visual Equipment

Audio Visual Equipment may be borrowed by library members at the following rates:

Overhead projectors – $6.00 per open day

Projection Screen – $5.00 per open day

LCD Projector – $20.00 per open day

To rent click here.

Exam Proctoring

As of January 1, 2017 exam proctoring service is available at select locations at Bruce County Public Library Branches for a fee of $20. Each branch will determine whether it can accommodate such requests. The $20.00 fee does not include material or mailing/courier costs.

  • It is the responsibility of the student to contact the library directly to inquire about the availability of proctoring services. The specific date, time and place of the exam must be confirmed at least two weeks in advance.
  • Exams must be proctored during library business hours. Exams must be completed half an hour before closing.
  • The examination package must be sent from the issuing institution directly to the library one week prior to the exam date.
  • The library will not accommodate an exam if it cannot meet operational conditions outlined by the Institution. Staff are not able to sit with the student to supervise the exam and cannot guarantee a silent and disruption free environment.
  • The library will not be liable for any missing items, papers, samples or other documents related to the exam.
  • The library will not accommodate an exam that requires specialized procedures such as the downloading of software to library’s computers.
  • Online exams can be completed on the branch’s public computers if available. The library cannot accommodate online exams that require the downloading of specific software to its public computers.  Personal laptops may be used if permitted by the institution which issued the exam. Written guidelines for online exams must be included in the examination package provided by the issuing institution.
  • The student is responsible for any incidental or additional expenses such as courier fees or postage charges.
  • The library will not provide reminders or notifications for an approved exam. It is the responsibility of the student to arrive fifteen (15) minutes prior to the start of the exam.

To find out more or request, click here.

Museum Pass Lending

All Bruce County Public Library branches have Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre passes available to lend for free!

Borrowing Rules & Conditions of the pass are as follows:

  • The pass will be available for borrowing and offer free admission to the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre (ticketed specialty programs & events are excluded)
  • The pass will provide access to an individual or family
  • The pass will be good for a seven-day loan period – renewals not available
  • To borrow the pass, you must have a valid and good standing Bruce County Public Library card
  • The pass can be reserved through the hold services at any of the Bruce County Library branches online, in person, or by phone
  • To avoid late charges ($1 daily fine to a maximum of $10) passes must be returned to the any of the Bruce County Library branches

To request or have any questions, click here.

Become a Member

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.

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