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 wifi access and all the online reference resources. Elgin County Library offers a virtual library card that provides access to all online content offered by the Elgin County Library. If you already have a library card with Elgin County Library, you already have access to all online content.

You will receive a plastic card, similar in appearance to a credit card, which contains your library number. 

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.
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.
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 Kits

Adult/ Juvenile4 weeks$0.50$7.00$50.00$5.00

Playaways & Wonderbooks

Adult/ Juvenile4 weeks$0.50$7.00$70.00$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

Park Passes

Adult

1 week

$1.00

$10.00

$100.00

$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.

If you lose your library card, the cost to replace it is $1.00.

Please report promptly a change of address or phone number or the loss or theft of your card by visiting your local branch or calling or emailing. All contact information for all 10 branch locations can be found on our Hours & Locations page.

Virtual Library Card Application

The virtual library card is exclusively for the use of online content offered by the Elgin County Library. Your library card is free:

  • If you are a resident of Elgin County or St. Thomas.
  • If you are a member of a neighbouring public library system.

Please note: if you currently have an existing library card with Elgin County Library, you have full access to all online content and are not eligible for a virtual library card.

How to apply:

  1. Fill out the form below to apply for a virtual library card.
  2. Once submitted, your application will be processed by library staff. 
  3. A welcome package will be sent in the mail to you, and it will include your new virtual library card.
  4. You should receive your welcome packet within 7 working days of your application submission.