MyBPL - Get Started Today!

iPad showing new myBPL catalogueThe way you borrow items from the library has changed - for the better! We've moved to a new catalogue called myBPL, which includes many exciting features to help you find exactly what you want. Check out myBPL!

Learn More with tutorials and walkthroughs at our Digital Library Academy. 

Not a fan of change? Visit our Legacy Catalogue

Get Started

Create your new username. Log in with your current library card number and PIN. You will be prompted to create a unique username that will make it easier to access your account in the future! 

Manage your account.  Your account allows you to easily track your check outs and holds, renew items, and create reading lists to record what you've read/watched and what you plan to read/watch next. 

Manage your privacy settings. You decide how much or how little you want to share. To set your privacy settings, login and go to My Settings. Under Privacy, click My Shelves and My Feeds. Your Borrowing and On Hold information is always private. 

Explore. This new catalogue makes finding the materials you're looking for easy!  Use common search terms such as "movies" or "new books" to search our collection.  Digital and physical items are displayed in the search results letting you choose the format that best suits you.  Use the staff lists for recommendations.

Get Customized

Organize Your Shelves. Use virtual Shelves to organize everything you have read, listened to, or watched or that you want to check out from the library later. To see your Shelves, log in and click My Profile --> Shelves.

Place a hold with just one click. Skip the step of selecting a library every time you place a hold. Set up a preferred location and place holds with just one click. To set this up, log in and click My Settings --> Hold and Pickup Location.

Connect with BPL and a community of readers. See what Barrie Public Library and other readers are reading and recommending. Follow BPL staff or other readers who have chosen to share their lists and recommendations. You can rate items, post comments and create lists.

Tell us what you think!  We would love to hear what you think about the new catalogue. Each page has a "Submit Feedback" button to make it easy for you to send us your comments. 

How do I register?

  • Visit
  • In the top right, click Log In / My Account.
  • Click Log In / Register.
  • Enter in your barcode and PIN. 
  • The site will prompt you to register an account, choose your username, and set your preferences.  The next time you log in, you can use either your username or Library card number.

Why do I need to register?

Registration sets you up to manage your myBPL account from one location - search for physical and digital items in one catalogue, renew items, and easily link to place holds. Registration allows you to create an easy to remember username to log in, interact with other library patrons, get personalized recommendations, and contribute ratings and reviews. Since this catalogue is a new service the library is providing, users have to be aware of and agree to the terms of use.

Why do I need a username?

The unique username is because the new catalogue has additional optional functionality, like commenting on books and keeping track of your reading.  The username will show if you post content through the new site’s social features, so don’t put any personally identifiable information there. It also makes logging in easier because you can choose your username, but you can still log in with your barcode if you prefer.

Will other people be able to see my borrowing history?

No. Your borrowing history will never be shared with others. The new catalogue has a lot of social features, but they are completely optional. If you do nothing different with the new catalogue than you did with the previous one, none of your activity will show. It’s only when you add comments or add titles to your shelves that your activity is shared publicly and even then, you can make all of your shelves private to only you.

What's the difference between shelves and lists?

Shelves are a way to track your own reading – For Later, In Progress, and Completed. Lists are for sharing recommendations with others.

How do I see what material I’ve borrowed in the past?

First, you’ll need to enable borrowing history if you want to keep a record of this. Under the account menu, click “Settings”, and then Borrowing History to enable your borrowing history.  If you had borrowing history enabled in Encore, our old catalogue, it should import your borrowing history over to the new catalogue.

How do I find material to put on hold?

Click the “Search” button in the top right, or use any of the browse pages to see recommendations and new titles.

From the search results, you’ll see a “place hold” button. If you’re logged in, you’ll be able to place a hold. If you’re not logged in, you will be prompted to log in.

Featured Collections
No time to wait for a hot new title? Visit our branches to browse our Featured Collections where you will find recent releases by bestselling authors. Items in the Featured Collections are non-holdable ensuring that there is always something new and notable waiting for you!