The library will be closed May 19 & 20 for Victoria Day. Why not check out our digital collections?

The library will be closed May 19 & 20 for Victoria Day. Why not check out our digital collections?


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Circulation Rules

We Are Now Fine Free

Did you know that over 99% of the Perth County Information Network collections (North Perth, Perth East, St. Marys, Stratford, and West Perth) are FINE FREE? Furthermore, when we made the switch, existing late fees on borrower cards were forgiven.

Borrowers are still encouraged to return their materials on time. Materials will continue to have their regular loan period and will be automatically renewed up to three times, if the item is not on hold. Libraries will continue to send reminders to customers when items are past due. Long overdue items will be billed and starting May 2022, a material recovery service will assist in the retrieval of lost materials.

Need to renew your card? Call 519-271-0220 or send us an email!

    Fine Free

    The following items are fine free:

    • Print books (except the Xpress collection)
    • Books on CD
    • Magazines
    • Music CDs
    • DVD's (except the Xpress collection)
    • CNIB materials
    • Video games
    • Launch pads

    Fines Applied

    Fines still apply to:

    • Xpress books and DVDs
    • Interlibrary Loan (ILLO) materials
    • Book Club Kits
    • Mobile Hotspots
    • Chromebooks
    • MakerKits
    • Wonder Passes

    Checkout Limits & Renewals

    The library provides automatic renewal for your materials. Most of your items will renew up to three times as long as they are not on request for another customer. See information about automatic renewals below.

    Xpress DVDs and Books are high-demand items that are available for checkout with no waits! These items are non-renewable, non-holdable, and have shortened loan periods.

    Loan Period Rules

    Kind of Item Limit Loan Period Fee Per Day
    Adult Books no limit 3 weeks no fines
    Children's Books no limit 3 weeks no fines
    High Demand Items* no limit  2 weeks no fines
    Xpress Books 2 per card 1 week $2 per day
    Books on CD / Kits no limit 3 weeks no fines
    Magazines no limit 1 week no fines
    Music CDs no limit 3 weeks no fines
    DVDs no limit 1 week no fines
    Xpress DVDs 2 per card 2 days $2 per day
    MakerKits   1 per card 1 week $1 per day
    Wireless Hotspot 1 per card 1 week $1 per day
    Book Club Kits 1 per card 5 weeks $1 per day
    InterLibrary Loans 2 per week 3 weeks $1 per day
    Wonder Passes 1 per card 1 week $2 per day


    With Auto Renewals, items on your account will automatically renew 3 days before they are due. All library members will be signed up for Auto-Renewal but you may opt-out at any time by contacting the library. Most physical items borrowed (books, DVDs, audiobooks, music CDs) are eligible for up to 3 auto-renewals.  

    The following are not eligible for auto-renewal:

    • Items that have reached their renewal limit
    • Items another customer has requested to borrow (items on hold)
    • ILLO items (special items borrowed from another library system)
    • Xpress items (2-day DVDs and 7-day books)
    • Downloadable and streaming materials (e.g. eBooks and eMagazines)
    • Book Club Kits
    • MakerKits
    • Hotspots
    • Park Passes
    • Reference materials

    Customers will receive a notice 3 days before their items are due indicating which items have been renewed and which have not. You can also check the status of your items at anytime using the online catalogue

    Lost & Damaged Materials

    If materials cannot be found or are damaged beyond use, customers must pay the replacement cost of the item. The library uses a material recovery service to assist in the retrieval of lost materials. Customers have 6 months to return lost materials penalty-free (for fine-free items). 

    Checking the Status of Your Items Out

    You can check the status of your items at anytime using the online catalogue.

    1. Log into your account using your library card or username and your PIN (last 4 digits of your phone number)
    2. Click on My SPL then Checked Out.  
    3. You will then see the due dates of your items.
    4. If something is coming due, click in the checkbox beside it and click on the Renew button. 

    You can also call the library at 519-271-0220 during our open hours and ask a library staff member to check your due dates and renew the items. 

    Email & Text Reminders

    Our Courtesy Reminder service notifies users by email that their items are due back in three days. Please contact the library at 519-271-0220 to take advantage of this useful service. A reminder that this is a courtesy service - returning your items on time is your responsibility. 

    Paying For Late Charges

    You can pay for your late fees on the lower floor and on the main floor of the library. You can pay by cash, check or debit/credit card (main floor only).