Borrowing

Borrowing

All library visitors can use the books, magazines, etc. while in the library. With a library card, you can check them out and take them home with you. Don’t forget about our eBooks and our Online Collection, accessible through your computer. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please make a request. Details about borrowing follow, and if you have any questions, please contact Borrower Services 905-775-3328 x6100 or see our Contact Us page.

Getting a card

If you live, work or own property in Bradford West Gwillimbury you are eligible for a free library card. To obtain a card visit Borrower Services at the entrance of the library. We require identification with a local BWG address. Some acceptable forms of ID include:

  • drivers license
  • utility bill
  • employment – pay stub
  • school – report card
  • title / deed – land ownership

Children under the age of thirteen must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to obtain a BWG Public Library card.

You must present your library card whenever you borrow materials.

Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements

The Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library maintains reciprocal borrowing agreements with libraries in the neighbouring communities of East Gwillimbury, King Township, New Tecumseth and Innisfil. Residents from there are eligible to receive a Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library card at no charge. If you live outside of these communities, membership is available for an annual fee of $55 per person. For complete details, please visit Borrower Services.

Lost card 

If you have lost your card, we require identification and $2 for a replacement. Contact the library immediately to report a lost or stolen library card. You are responsible for anything borrowed on your card until it has been reported lost or stolen.

Password

When you receive your library card, you will be given a secure password. This password allows you to access our computers, online collections and your personal account via the library catalogue. When you log into your account, you will be able to see the items you have out on loan, check for fines, renew items and place reservations.  Once this secure password has been assigned, you can change it to something of your own choosing in the My Account section of the catalogue.

Loan periods 

For DVDs, Quick Reads, Playaway Views, Launchpads and specially marked material the loan period is 7 days. The loan period for Quick Flicks is 3 days. For most other items, the loan period is 3 weeks.

Reference and Local History items are for use in the library only. Photocopiers are available should you wish to copy portions to take home with you.

Renewals 

You may renew a book or CD up to 2 times, provided there are no other requests for the item. Each renewal lasts 3 weeks.

For DVDs, there is one renewal of 7 days allowed. Quick Reads and Quick Flicks cannot be renewed.

Fines

In order to encourage sharing of our resources, we charge a fine for material that is returned late.

Age cost per item / per day
Children and Teens (17 and under) $0.15 to a maximum of $2.50 per item
Adults (18 and older) $0.25 to a maximum of $5.00 per item
Older Adults (65 and older) $0.15 to a maximum of $2.50 per item
DVDs and Blu-Rays $0.50 to a maximum of $10.00 per item
Quick Reads $0.50 to a maximum of $10.00 per item
Quick Flicks $1.00 to a maximum of $10.00 per item
Laptops $2.00 per 30 minutes
Interlibrary Loans $1.00 to a maximum of $10.00 per item

Overdue

When you discover that an item is overdue, please return it to the library as soon as possible. Once an item is significantly overdue, you will be sent an invoice by mail. After a number of attempts to contact you fail, we will send the amount owed to a collection agency.

Lost materials

If you have lost a library book, CD or DVD, please inform us. You will be charged the replacement cost of the item, plus a $5.00 administration fee.