Treat your library card like you would any important piece of personal identification (Health Card, Driver's License, etc.). IMMEDIATELY report a lost or stolen card to the Circulation Department. You are responsible for all materials borrowed on your card. Do not lend your card or any library materials that you borrow. Each family member should have an individual card. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for children and assume full responsibility in the choice of material borrowed from the Library.

Cards for all borrowers, infants up to and including age 15, must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. Individuals aged 16 and up sign their own card and are responsible for all materials borrowed.

Please report change of address/telephone numbers promptly and don't forget you must let us know immediately if your card has been lost or stolen.

Membership is Free

  • If you are a resident of the City of Brantford
  • If you are a non-resident but pay taxes (household or business) within the City of Brantford. A current tax bill for this property and other acceptable identification must be shown when registering.

Two pieces of identification must be shown with your name and current address before your library card and PIN can be issued. Material can be borrowed as soon as you are registered.

Non-Resident Fees

Non-residents will be charged an annual fee of $40.00.

Replacement Card

A replacement fee is charged. Once a replacement card is issued, you will be able to borrow items immediately. The replacement card makes the previous card unusable. Identification must be shown with your name and current address, and all fines and/or overdues cleared before a replacement card can be issued.

  • Replacement of adult card - $3.00
  • Replacement of children’s card - $1.00

Library Collections

We currently have over 240,000 items in our vibrant and diverse collections. Each year we add thousands of new items and new collections such as: graphic novels, international films, multilingual books, bestsellers and plenty of the latest CDs and movies (classics too!). Remember, you can borrow and return these items at either library location. The BPL website is another great way to access material and information: ebooks, TumbleBooks, online databases and downloadable e-audiobooks. It's also a great way to find out about what's happening @your library.

Borrowing Guidelines

Adult and Teen Materials

  • Unlimited number of books
  • Unlimited number of Bestsellers - not renewable.
  • 12 magazines with a maximum of 4 per title
  • 2 encyclopedia volumes
  • 12 compact discs (Christmas CDs -- 7 day loans for November & December)
  • 12 DVDs
  • 12 audio books
  • 12 console video games - not renewable.
  • 25 Overdrive downloadable digital media items

Children's Materials

  • Unlimited number of books
  • 2 encyclopedia volumes
  • 12 magazines with a maximum of 4 per title
  • 12 compact discs
  • 12 audio books
  • 12 DVDs
  • 25 Overdrive downloadable digital media items

Loan Periods and Renewals

  • For most material, 21 days
  • DVDs, 7 days
  • Bestsellers, 7 days with no holds or renewals

You must have your library card to check out and renew library materials.

Unless otherwise specified, most materials may be renewed once, if not in demand. However, if an item has been requested by someone else, it cannot be renewed.

Library material can be renewed at the Library at any Public Access Computer, from the Library's website at, or by using our Automated Telephone Renewal Service at 519-756-2399. You must have a PIN (Personal Identification Number) to do your own renewals (you can get one at the Circulation Desk).

Going away? Please ask the Circulation Desk Staff about extended loan periods to cover out-of-town or extended vacations. Loans for DVDs and Bestsellers cannot be extended. Non-fiction materials cannot be borrowed for an extended loan period during the school year.

Going away to the cottage? Why not take along some discarded materials? Discards are always available for sale in our discard bins.

iPad Loans

Please Note: iPads are not available for loan at this time.

iPad Mini tablets are now available for a one week loan from either location of the Brantford Public Library.  To find out more please ask at the Check Out desk at either library location. 
The iPad Mini comes loaded with a wide selection of ‘apps’ for your enjoyment.  Any data and/or documents saved to the iPad during your loan will be deleted once the iPad is returned to the library.  All iPad Minis will go through a ‘restoration’ and recharging process on return.  iPad Minis will not be ready for loan again until this process is complete.  iPad Minis are available on a first come first served basis.

What you will need to borrow and iPad Mini:
1. A Brantford Public Library card in good standing. Good standing requires that there are fines/fees of less than $5.00 on an account. 
2. Borrowers must have had a BPL card for at least 6 weeks. 
3. iPad Minis may be borrowed by customers 18 years of age and older.
4. Only one iPad Mini may be borrowed per borrower at a time.
5. One piece of valid photo ID along with a valid BPL library card.
6. iPad Minis can be borrowed for a maximum 7 day loan period.
7. iPad Minis must be returned to the library Check Out desk in person where all contents of the backpack will be checked while you wait – iPad Minis cannot be returned via the after-hours drop boxes
8. Fines for late return of the iPad Mini will accumulate at $5.00/day to a maximum of $35.00.  A due date will be assigned at the time of borrowing, please remember this date and return it by closing on this day.  After 7 days overdue the full replacement cost of the iPad will be charged to borrower accounts.
9. You will pay for any damaged or lost items as follows:

  •  iPad Mini  $375.00
  •  Protective Case $25.00
  •  Power adaptor  $25.00
  •  Power cord  $25.00
  •  Backpack  $ 5.00

For further information please call the library at: 519-756-2220


You can request an item by phoning the Library, or while searching the Library catalogue on any Public Access Computer, or from the Library's online catalogue here. You must have a valid BPL library card and  PIN number to place your own requests.

Fines and Fees

Overdue Fees

  • Overdue Adult material - $.25/day to a maximum of $5.00 per item
  • Overdue Children’s material - $.05/day to a maximum of $2.00 per item
  • Interlibrary Loan material - $1.00/day with no maximum

Replacement Charges for Lost or Damaged Items

  • Barcode - $1.00
  • Book jacket with barcode - $3.00
  • Plastic cassette bag - $2.00
  • Compact disc, DVD, case or CD-ROM booklet - $2.00
  • Replacement battery cover for Playaway - $1.00
  • Interlibrary loan yellow wrapper with barcode (including RFID tag) - $1.50
  • Yellow SOMP card with barcode (includes RFID tag) -  $1.50
  • Compact Disc/DVD RFID tag - $1.50

Online Fines/Fees Payment

Pay Online

Brantford Public Library is pleased to offer you the ability to pay your fees and fines online. Using our secure online e-commerce tool, Smart Pay, you can use your credit card (debit not currently accepted) to pay your fines from home or by using one of our library computers.

Please Note: Brantford Public Library does not keep your credit card number and all transactions are completed through a secure, encrypted channel.

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

Suspension of borrowing privileges will occur under the following circumstances:

  • When overdue fines have accumulated to $5.00 (Adult), $2.00 (Children)
  • When replacement bills have been issued.

Public Internet Access

Brantford Public Library offers public access computers to the Internet and word processing software for 3 hours per day. We also have 20-minute express stations available; however these stations do not have word processing software. You will need a Brantford Public Library card to access both the public access computers and the 20-minute express stations. Stations may be booked via self-serve PC reservation stations, via the telephone, or in person with the assistance of a Staff member. Reservations are held for 10 minutes before the reservation is forfeit. Stations that are not reserved are available on a first come, first serve basis. If you are visitor to Brantford, please go to the circulation desk, present some photo identification and we will issue you a visitor’s card. 

The Brantford Public Library also provides wireless Internet access for patrons with their own laptops and e-devices. Printing is not available via the wireless network.

Interlibrary Loan - Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Interlibrary Loan

Any book or item that comes from another library besides Brantford Public Library is considered an interlibrary loan. Patrons should check the Brantford Public Library catalogue first to determine if the item is available prior to making an interlibrary loan request to other libraries. The online system allows you to place a request yourself, from the library, work, school, home - anywhere, anytime at your convenience through INFO, the provincial interlibrary loan system, to which Brantford Public Library belongs.

How can I sign up?

Library customers must first possess a valid Brantford Public Library card and have an Interlibrary Loan patron record created in the INFO system by our staff. To register by email contact with your name and library card number, or contact the library by phone 519-756-2220 ext. 358 or in person.

What material can I borrow through Interlibrary Loan

Library customers may borrow print material and audiobooks that are more than one year old. You can also borrow microfilm from the Ontario Archives.

How long does it take to fulfill a request?

This will vary depending on the availability of an item. Many requests are filled in as little as two weeks, but harder to find items could take up to six weeks or longer.

What if I don't find what I am looking for?

Only searches within the INFO Ontario system are available. If you cannot find your title in INFO please contact the library's Information or Reference Desk for further assistance.

How can I monitor the progress of my requests?

You can view the status of your request by looking at "MY REQUESTS" on the side-bar of the page to know when it has been processed, shipped and received. You can also observe if the request has been cancelled because the item is located in Brantford Public Library or the policies of the lending library prohibit loan. If there is any problem with your request library staff will alert you. Please do not resubmit your request.

How will I be notified when my material is available?

Patron notification will take place by telephone or email once the item has been received and processed at Brantford Public Library. The borrowing period is usually 3 weeks from the date we notify you that the material is available.

How do I cancel a request or renew a borrowed item?

You can cancel a request by clicking on the "Cancel" link in INFO. Interlibrary Loan materials are not able to be renewed. The due date is set by the lending library and cannot be extended.

How do I search the INFO system?

Click here for instructions.

WLU Courtesy Card

Take your research to a whole new level.

Thousands of books in the Wilfrid Laurier University Library are now just a click away. The WLU Courtesy Card is available for free to all customers with a valid Brantford Public Library card. You can get your WLU Courtesy Card at the Circulation Desk.

Please note:
  • You may only borrow printed books from WLU, the University of Waterloo, the University of Guelph, and the Annex.
  • Audio-visual items, computer files, and government documents cannot be borrowed.

Go to the Catalogues page to find out how to request WLU books.