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!

Borrowing
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.

Renewals
We allow a maximum of 4 renewals for most items. Some items are not eligible for renewal.
You can renew your items in person, online, or by telephone, as long as the item is not on hold for others.
If your card is in good standing, and your item has no holds on it, it will be automatically renewed for you before your due date.

Holds
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.

Returns
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

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: 

Due to the provincial government’s severe budget cuts to the Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS), Interlibrary Loan Service will no longer be available at St. Thomas Public Library, effective immediately.

Interlibrary Loan Service made it possible for St. Thomas Public Library cardholders to request materials from library collections across Ontario. The delivery of these materials was made possible by SOLS courier vans. Last year, SOLS drove almost 1 million kilometers to deliver over 710,000 packages to 153 main library branches across southern Ontario.

“The loss of interlibrary loans deals a devastating blow for service at a local level.”, said Library CEO, Heather Robinson, “St. Thomas Public Library cardholders alone borrowed 3,383 items from across the province in 2018. Over many years, this service has allowed our community to borrow thousands of resources to which they would not otherwise have had access. We cannot possibly continue to offer this level of service on our own.”

If you have an Interlibrary Loan item out now, please return it by its due date. All pending requests will not be completed.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

If you wish to learn more about the SOLS services affected, visit: https://www.sols.org/index.php/interlibrary-loan-and-delivery-service-changes

Further questions about the impact of this service cut can be directed to Heather Robinson, St. Thomas Public Library CEO, 519-631-6050 ext. 8027, hrobinson@stthomaspubliclibrary.ca

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.