How do I get a Library card?

  • Visit any circulation desk to register for your library card today!
  • All you need is identification and proof of current address. If you don’t have a Driver’s Licence, we also accept other ID’s (e.g. birth certificate) AND something which confirms your current address (e.g. recent bill or personalized cheque).
  • Children in elementary school or younger need a parent or guardian to sign the registration form to assume the legal responsibility for materials borrowed from the Library.
  • High school students may register for a card with ID and confirmation of address or a current student card.
  • Your Library card needs to be renewed every two years. ID and confirmation of current address is required to renew.

Who can get a Library Card?

Membership is FREE to anyone in St. Thomas, Elgin County, London, Middlesex County, and surrounding areas.

What do I do if my card goes missing?

  • If your card is lost or stolen, contact the library as soon as possible at 519-631-6050 and let us know.
  • You are responsible for materials borrowed with your card, or your child’s card, until it is reported missing.
  • Cards that are lost or damaged can be replaced at a charge of $2.00.

Don’t forget to let us know of any changes of address or contact information!

Did you know that most library cardholders can borrow up to 100 items on their cards? Check out our loan period and fines chart to check for exceptions and to be sure when your material is due back.

You can renew your items in person, online, or by telephone, as long as the item is not on hold for others.
In special circumstances, an extended loan period may be requested when material is borrowed.
You can renew up to FOUR times for each item borrowed!

Holds can be placed on items in three different ways:

  • Online – All you need is your library card number and PIN. Just sign into Your Account.
  • In person – Our staff will be pleased to place a hold for you.
  • Over the phone – Call 519-631-6050 during regular business hours.

Materials are to be returned at the Library, or to any of our offsite Book Return Bins.  Offsite Return Bins are located at the Elgin Mall, and at EarlyON.

Overdue & lost or damaged items
We encourage you to return your materials on time so that others may enjoy them. Fines are applied for each item that is returned past the due date, reported lost or returned damaged. To make things easy, we can give you a print out of what you have borrowed and the due date of each item when you check out. You can also check online at anytime.

If library materials become lost or damaged, the borrower is responsible for replacement cost and any overdue fines owing. Library privileges will be suspended for patrons owing $10 or more in fines and fees.




Item Loan Period Max. Renewals
(if no holds)
Daily Fine
per item
Maximum Fine
per item
Books 3 weeks 4 $0.10 $5.00
Express Reads (Books) 1 week None $1.00 $5.00
Audio Books (on CD) 3 weeks 4 $0.10 $5.00
Feature Films (DVDs & Blu Rays) 2 weeks 4 $0.10 $5.00
TV Seasons (DVDs) 2 weeks 4 $0.10 $5.00
CDs 3 weeks 4 $0.10 $5.00
Fast Films (DVDs) 3 days None $1.00 $5.00
Video Games 2 weeks 4 $0.10 $5.00
Magazines 3 weeks 4 $0.10 $5.00
Interlibrary Loans 3 weeks None $1.00 $20.00


What are Interlibrary Loans?
Interlibrary Loan service provides customers with an opportunity to borrow materials not owned by our library. This service is coordinated by the Southern Ontario Library Service. St. Thomas Public Library both borrows and lends materials.

Who can request an Interlibrary Loan?
The library provides Interlibrary Loan service to library members with accounts in good standing.

There is no charge for this service unless specified by the lending library.

Borrowing Limitations
Materials NOT available through interlibrary loan include:

  • Reference Materials
  • Computer Software
  • Electronic Devices
  • New books/Bestsellers
  • DVD & Blu-Ray

How can I make a request?
To request interlibrary loan material you can email us or, ask in person. When submitting a request we need your name, and current library card number as well as the author and title of the the book. An ISBN number is also useful

How long will it take?
It can take as little as a few days to as much as 4 weeks or longer to obtain some materials, depending on the availability or type of material requested. You will be notified by phone or email when the requested item arrives.

Returns and Renewals
Materials must be returned with the original date due slip. Interlibrary loan materials cannot be renewed.

Overdue Interlibrary loan material will result in the immediate loss of privileges for this service. The borrower is responsible for fines and/or fees received from the lender as a result of the borrower’s misuse of loaned material. Failure to pay for fines and/or fees incurred will result in suspension of Interlibrary loan privileges.

How do I cancel my Interlibrary Loan request?
Please call 519-631-6050 and ask for the Acquisitions Department (extension (8024). Please note that if you have agreed to pay any fees in order to obtain an item, these fees may still be owing if the item is already on its way to St. Thomas Public Library when we receive your cancellation request. St. Thomas Public Library will not charge any further cancellation fees.

St. Thomas Public Library collects the personal information of library users under the authority of s.23(2) of the Public Libraries Act, R.S.O. 1990, chapter P.44 as amended, for the purposes of library user registration and the administration of circulation materials. Personal information collected for these purposes will only be used internally by St. Thomas Public Library. For more information, see our Privacy Policy.