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Membership & Fees

Membership

Privileges of a Library Membership:

Your library card entitles you to borrow from a large selection of items: Books (fiction and non-fiction), audiobooks, DVDs, music CDs and magazines.

You have access to our catalogue online. The catalogue can be accessed from inside the library or from home. To access your account, you will require a library card and a PIN available at your local branch.

Your library card gives you access to the computers in the branch libraries, the Elgin County wireless access and all the online reference resources

Your library card is free:

  • If you are a resident of Elgin County or St. Thomas.
  • If you pay taxes in Elgin County or St. Thomas.
  • If you are a member of a neighbouring public library system.
  • Please be prepared to present identification showing your current address and photo

You will receive a plastic card, similar in appearance to a credit card, which contains your library number. If this card is lost, the cost to replace it is $1.00.

An adult must sign the card for a child, up to and including a child in Grade 8, in order for it to be valid. A parent or guardian assumes full responsibility for the choice of material which the child borrows from the library.

Please report promptly a change of address or phone number or the loss or theft of your card.

Fines & Fees:

ItemDescriptionLoan periodFines/Daily feeMaximum fineReplacement fee*Processing fee
BookHardcover4 weeks$0.10$7.00$30.00$5.00
BookPaperback4 weeks$0.10$5.00$10.00$5.00
DVD/Video/GameAdult/ Juvenile1 week$1.00$10.00$20.00

$5.00

TV Series on DVD

Adult/Juvenile

2 weeks

$1.00

$10.00

$20.00

$5.00

Music CDs

Adult/ Juvenile

1 week

$0.50

$7.00

$20.00

$5.00

Bag of BooksAdult/Juvenile4 weeks$1.00$10.00$160.00$5.00
Audiobooks & Language KitsAdult/ Juvenile4 weeks$0.50$7.00$50.00$5.00
MagazinesAdult/ Juvenile2 weeks$0.10$5.00$5.00None
Interlibrary loan itemsAdult/ JuvenileDiscretion of loaning library$0.10$7.00Discretion of loaning libraryNone

Computer Kits

Adult

2 weeks

$1.00

$10.00

$80.00

$5.00

Reference Books

Adult/ Juvenile

1 week

$1.00

$10.00

$50.00

$5.00

*If item’s price is unknown, the above default replacement rates are charged.

Please note that books with multiple holds on will have a shortened loan period of two weeks. Reference material can be borrowed from the branch library with permission from staff. Renewals are available by contacting your local branch library or by going online and accessing your account. Renewals are only possible if there are no holds on the item. Patrons will be notified in writing when materials are four weeks overdue.