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. 

Residents of Brant County can have $25 of this fee reimbursed by bringing the receipt to a county library. 

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 - $2.00
  • 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
  • 2 DVD Express
  • 12 audio books
  • 12 Playaways
  • 12 console video games - not renewable.
  • 25 Overdrive downloadable digital media items
  • 5 per week Freegal (music) downloads (3 hours of streaming per day)
  • Curriculum Kits
  • Book Club in a Bag
  • 2 Cricut cartridges
  • 1 FitBit
  • 1 Arduino Kit
  • 1 Sewing Machine

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
  • 2 Playviews
  • 1 LaunchPad
  • 25 Overdrive downloadable digital media items
  • 1 Run, Jump and Play Pack

Loan Periods and Renewals

  • For most material including Arduino Kits, FitBits, Run, Jump and Play Pack, 21 days
  • DVDs, Video games, Playviews, LaunchPads, Cricut Cartridges, 7 days (no renewal on video games)
  • Sewing machine, 2 weeks (no renewals)
  • DVD Express, 3 days (no holds or renewals)
  • Book Club in a Bag and Curriculum Kits, 6 weeks (no renewals)
  • Bestsellers, 7 days (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

iPad Mini tablets are available for a 2 hour in-library loan at the Main Library location.
In order to borrow an iPad Mini, you must:

  • Have a Brantford Public Library (BPL) card in good standing (this means that there are fines/fees of Less than $5.00 on your account)
  • Be an active BPL card-holder for at least 6 months
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Present a valid government-issued ID; it will be kept by library staff while the iPad is on loan and be returned to you when the iPad is returned to staff at the Check Out desk


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 - $.10/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

  • Damage Processing Fee - $5.00
  • Item Replacement Charge - based on the original cost of the item
  • Fines for damaged, lost or stolen iPads are:
    iPad Mini $375.00
    Protective case $25.00

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 and/or replacement charges have accumulated to an amount more than $20.00

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. 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. A 20-minute Guest Pass is available to visitors that do not have a Library card or identification.

The Brantford Public Library also provides wireless Internet access for patrons with their own laptops and e-devices. Wireless printing is available. 

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.

Institution Card

A benefit for organizations.

Institution cards provide staff of local organizations with access to Brantford Public Library's resources and collections. Organizations that can take advantage of an Institution Card include:

  • Licensed Day cares and preschools.
  • Elementary or secondary schools
  • Rest homes, hospitals and churches
  • Non-profit organizations

Apply for a card using this form.