Brantford Public Library cards are free for

  • Residents in Brantford, County of Brant and Six Nations
  • Brantford business owners
  • Students at the Brantford campus of WLU
People who do not fall in these categories can still get a non-resident card for an annual fee of $40.
Complete a membership form at either the St. Paul Branch or Main Branch in downtown Brantford to get a card. Or download a membership form and bring it into a Library branch or email it to the Library. If emailed, we will call you when your card is ready to be picked up.
Two pieces of identification must be shown with your name and current address before your library card and PIN can be issued. You can begin accessing library service for free as soon as you are registered.

Responsibility

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 Library. 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.

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 collection. This includes books, magazines, sewing machines and more!
With your Library card, you can also use popular databases and online learning websites for free, plus have access to movie streaming, digital magazines, language software and more. Also, our cloudLibrary eBook and Audiobook software allows you to borrow materials from more than a dozen other Libraries in Ontario.

Borrowing Limits, Loan Periods, Renewals & Holds

Material Limit Loan Period Renewals Yes/No Holds Yes/No
Books Unlimited 21 days Y Y
Bestsellers Unlimited 7 days N N
Magazines 12 21 days Y N
CDs Unlimited 21 days Y Y
Christmas CDs
(Nov./Dec.)
Unlimited 7 days Y Y
Books on CD, Playaway &
Video Games
12 21 days Y Y
DVDs 15 7 days Y Y
DVD Express 2 3 days N N
Playaway Views 5 21 days Y Y
LaunchPad & Vox Books 1 7 days Y Y
MakerSpace Materials:
Digital & Electronic Learning/Coding
(Incl. Fitbit & Watt Readers)
1 21 days Y Y
Fitbit & Watt Readers 1 21 days Y Y
Sewing Machine 1 14 days N Y
iPad, Button Maker,
Slide Converter, Virtual Reality Headset
(in library use)
1 3 hours N N
WiFi Hotspots & Laptops 1 7 days N Y
Book Club in a Bag* 1 6 weeks N  Y*
Run, Jump & Play Pack 1 21 days Y Y
Curriculum Kit
1
6 wks (ckit)
N
N
 Y*
Freegal Music Downloads
5/wk
3 hrs/day
---------- ---------- ----------
Overdrive/cloudLibrary
e-Audiobooks & e-books
25
14 or 21
days
Y Y
Hoopla Streaming 4 ---------- N N

*To request, fill out online booking form. See Book Club in a Bag page for more information.

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 www.brantford.library.on.ca, 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 Green Desk).

Going away? Please ask 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 on our discard shelves.


iPad Loans

iPad Mini tablets are available for a 3 hour in-library loan. 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 $20.00 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.

Laptop and WiFi Loans

Laptop and WiFi hotspot devices can be borrowed for seven days. To borrow a Laptop you must:
  • Have a Brantford Public Library (BPL) card in good standing (this means that there are fines/fees of less than $20.00 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.
Laptop fines are $1.00 per day to a maximum of $20.00.

Requests

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
  • DVD Express - $1.00 to a maximum of $5.00
  • Arduino Kits, Raspberry Pi Kits, Cricut Cartridges, Fitbits, LaunchPads, Snap Circuits Jr., Ozobots, Makey Makey Go, Micro:bits, Sewing Machine, Watt Readers, Vox Books - $1.00/day to a maximum of $10.00

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 and laptops are:
    iPad Mini: $375.00
    Protective case: $25.00
    Laptop: $350.00

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 or Internet card to access both the public 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, you can sign-up for a Visitor card. 

You can print wirelessly from your own laptop and e-devices at the Brantford Public Library.
Printing is available in black and white only and is .10 cents per page. Patrons are responsible for paying for all printouts.

Wireless printing is available. 

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. 

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.