Borrowing

Getting a library card is easy, and can save you thousands of dollars a year. From borrowing books, movies, and TV shows for free, to getting access to online courses and attending our programs, a library card is priceless. Find out how to get a card.

Items can be returned to either branch regardless of where you borrowed them from. They can also be return 24/7 with our drop slots on the outside of both branches.

Digital Library
Our Digital Library contains over 75 online databases, including:

Loan Periods and Fines

Loan periods, limits and fines vary depending on the type of material you are borrowing.  To see when the items you’ve borrowed are due, login to your MyBPL account or call us at 705-728-1010.

There are no late fees or fines for eBooks or eAudiobooks! They simply disappear from your device at the end of your loan period.

A total of 35 items can be checked out on each card at one time, including up to 15 DVDs/Blu-Rays and 3 video games.

Borrow up to 8 eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, Music CDs, or comics each month from Hoopla Digital.

Extended Loans may be available under certain circumstances.  Requests may be made at time of checkout and additional information is available here.

MyLibrary! App

Bring the library to your fingertips with the MyLibrary! app. Search the catalogue, see what materials you have checked out and on hold, view your fines and change your PIN. See a book for sale that you're interested in? Scan the barcode to see if we have it in our collection and place a hold! Download the MyLibrary! app from the App Store for Apple Devices, or Google Play store for Android devices. 

Renewing items

You can renew items 24/7 through our automated phone renewal system or online through your MyBPL account. To renew by phone, call 705-728-1010 and choose Option 2 then Option 1.

During library hours, call 705-728-1010 to speak to a staff member, or visit us in person. 

Library material may be renewed with the following exceptions:

  • You’ve already renewed the item three times
  • Someone else has placed a hold on the item
  • You have $10.00 or more in fines
  • The item is a Grab & Go item
  • The item is an Interlibrary Loan 

Email, Text, and Telephone Notifications

You may sign up to receive courtesy notices about your items by email, text or phone.  To change your notification preferences, visit us in person, call 705-728-1010 or use our Ask a Librarian form. Staff will need your name, library card barcode, and cellphone number (for text alerts) or email address (for email alerts).  

You are responsible for returning items checked out on your account by the due date and courtesy notices are not intended to be your only method of tracking due dates.  Failure to receive a courtesy notice does not change the due date.  Due dates can be checked by referring to the date due receipt you received at check-out, by logging into your MyBPL account, by visiting us in person, by calling 705-728-1010 (Option #2 for the automated account information and renewal system, Option #4 for Downtown, Option #5 for Painswick) or using our Ask a Librarian online form.

Delivery Schedule of Notices

Notice Type Format Available Delivery Schedule
Hold Pickup Notice Email/Text/Phone 6 am next day (Email/Text)
Next day (Phone)
Expired Hold Notice Email only 6 am two days after the hold expired 
(usually two days, may be delayed
during busy periods) 
Hold Cancellation Notice Email only 6 am the day after the hold was cancelled by the library.  This notice does not occur when you cancel your own holds. 
Pre-Due Notice Email only 2 days before due date 
First Overdue Notice Email/Text/Phone 2 days overdue 
Second Overdue Notice Email/Text/Phone 4 days overdue 
Third Overdue Notice Email/Text/Phone 10 days overdue 
Upcoming Expiry of Library Card Email only <30 days to expiry 

 

Issues with returned items

Items that are returned incomplete (i.e. with DVD missing) will remain checked out on your card, and you’ll start to accrue overdue fines. If the issue is resolved within 48 hours of us notifying you of the problem, we’ll waive any associated overdue fines that were created for the item.