Library fines start again October 1st

As part of the COVID-19 response, we temporarily stopped charging overdue fines for 18+ patrons. We understand that this has been a difficult time and we are eager to serve you as we move forward. Please note that fees related to lost items still apply. For complete details, please see our Newsroom article.

If you need assistance, please speak to a staff member, stop by a branch, email askus@haltonhills.ca or call the Library at 905-873-2681.

The Halton Hills Public Library offers three levels of Library membership:

Level 1 - Virtual Library Card

  • Provides access to all online services including virtual programs, eResources (including download and streaming services), in-library computers (when available) and study room bookings (when available).

Level 2 - Online and Print

  • Provides access to everything in Level 1, plus you can check out three print items (books, magazines, etc.) at a time.

Level 3 - Full Library Membership

  • Provides everything in Level 2, plus access to all Library materials. You can borrow 50 items at one time,  and you can reserve items in advance.
How to get a library card

Level 1 - Virtual Library Card

Level 2 - Online and Print

  • Visit a Library Branch and fill in a Library Card Application

Level 3 - Full Library Membership

  • Visit a Library Branch and:
    • Fill in a Library Card Application
    • Show identification with your name
    • Show proof of address
    • Children under the age of 13 must be with their parent/guardian to get a card

 

A Level 1 Virtual Library Card or a Level 2 Online and Print Card can be upgraded to a Level 3 Full Membership at any time, by visiting a library branch, filling in a Library Card Application and showing identification as described above.

What you can do with your library card

Level 1 - Virtual Card

  • Download and/or stream eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies and music
  • Attend online programs
  • Book study space and use public computers (when available.)

Level 2 - Online and Print

  • Borrow 3 print items (books, magazines, etc.) at a time
  • Download and/or stream eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies and music
  • Attend online programs
  • Book study space and use public computers (when available.)

Level 3 - Full Library Membership

  • Borrow library materials
  • Place items on hold, renew materials and make requests to Borrow from Another Library
  • Register for programs
  • Access our eResources
  • Download eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies and music
  • Book study space and use public computers (when available.)
Borrowing items
We do have a limit of 3 items per topic on our non-fiction titles in efforts to share resources. The loan period for most items is 3 weeks, however, we ask that you check your account online for specific due dates
Renewing materials
If you would like to enjoy your book or video game a little while longer…no problem! Materials without holds can easily be renewed online, over the phone or in person.
Fines and fees

Membership Type

Fines per Item per Day

Maximum Fine per Item

Child (0 to 12 years)

No fines. Borrowing does not include special collections.

No fines.

Teen (13 to 17 years)

No fines. Borrowing does not include special collections.

No fines.

Adults (18 years and up)

$0.30

$6.00

All fines can be paid in-person at the Circulation Desk. If your fine is over $5.00, you have the option to pay online. The balance owing on your library account must be less than $10 in order for you to continue borrowing library materials and using some library services such as 3D printing.

Fines and fees for special collections

Special Collection

Fines per Item per Day

Maximum Fine per Item

Replacement Fee

Passes

$1.00

$6.00

$25.00

WiFi to Go

$1.00

$6.00

$200.00

iPad Pro to Go

$1.00

$6.00

$1065.00

All fines can be paid in-person at the Circulation Desk. If your fine is over $5.00, you have the option to pay online.  The balance owing on your library account must be less than $10 in order for you to continue borrowing library materials and using some library services such as 3D printing.

Lending periods and overdue/lost items

Typical lending periods are listed below. Please check your checkout receipt or your online library account for exact dates.

Items can be renewed only if there are no holds on the title. Titles with waiting lists cannot be renewed.

Overdue notices are sent when items are 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month, 2 months and 3 months overdue. At 6 months, items are considered lost and a replacement charge and processing fee is added to your library account. A bill for these charges will be sent by email or mail. Payment is due within 30 days of the billing date.

The balance owing on your library account must be less than $10 in order for you to continue borrowing library materials and using some library services such as 3D printing.

Bills can be paid in person at both Library Branches. Bills over $5 can be paid online through your library account.

Accounts with balances over $100 may be placed with the Library's Collection Agency. Payment plans are available.

Item Type

Lending Period

Renewals Possible?

Audiobooks, Books, Energy Metres, eBooks, Digital Audiobooks, Large Print Books, Pedometers, Video Games, Playaway Wonderbooks, Board Games and Kits

3 weeks

Yes 

Books - Quick Picks, Tickets and Passes

7 days

No

Book Club in a Bag, Local History School kits, Daisy Disc Players

6 weeks

Yes, for additional 3 weeks

DVD, Blu-ray, Magazines, Playway Launchpads

7 days

Yes

DVD or Blu-ray - Quick Picks

3 days

No

Inter-Library Loan Books

3 weeks or period set by lending library

No

Wifi to Go and iPad Pro to Go

2 weeks

No

Always have your card or your photo ID with you to access library services or materials. If any changes occur, such as a change of name, address or phone number, please tell staff right away. If your card is lost or stolen, please call 905-873-2681 immediately and cancel your card.