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Essential borrowing information every library member needs to know.

Check-out Kiosks

Check out your library items at a quick & easy check-out kiosk. Just stack your books, scan your card, and be on your way. Common touch points are cleaned regularly. Plus – skip the paper! Select 'email receipt' for a no-fuss way to keep track of your due dates. Be sure to first select 'Email' in your My BPL account under My Settings > Account info > Contact preference.

Loan Periods

  • Most library items may be borrowed for 21 days including: DVD, CD, eBook reader (eReader), iPad mini, book-on-CD, Launchpad, magazines
  • Hot Picks new, trending, and popular books & DVDs and high demand items: 14-day loan if there are holds on the item.
  • Lucky Express book & DVD collection: 7-day loan; limit of 2 Lucky Express items per card; no holds or renewals.
  • Video games: 7-day loan
  • Book Club kit: 60-day loan, not renewable
  • Tech Lending collection, including Fitbits, Chromebooks, iPads etc: Check the tech web page for loan periods and other item details.

Fees & Charges

BPL no longer charges daily overdue fines but we do charge fees for items that are lost, damaged, or overdue for 30 days or longer. Read about our fees and charges.

At any one time, you may have up to 75 items on loan from the library and 100 items placed on hold. Certain borrowing restrictions apply:

  • One eReader is allowed on a card at one time.
  • Limit of 2 Lucky Express items per card.
  • Mature video games and restricted DVDs can only be borrowed on an adult card.

The library's video console game collection includes simulation, strategy, role-playing, sports, and action video games geared to families, children, teens and adults. The games include Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. Our collection features games rated:

  • Everyone (E): may be suitable for age six and older
  • Everyone 10+ (E+): may be suitable for age 10 and older
  • Teen (T): may be suitable for age 13 and older
  • Mature (M) may be suitable for persons ages 17 and older

If an item you want to borrow is currently not available, you can reserve it by placing a hold. Using our online catalogue or by phoning us, you can place a hold on any item in the library’s collection, including those On Order, except for:

  • Luck Express books and DVDs
  • popular or bestselling items that have not yet been released or published. The Library automatically acquires new, popular, and bestselling items in all available formats, so please do not submit requests for these titles. Please wait until the items are On Order in our catalogue and then place your hold.
  • In Library Use Only items
  • items belonging to Kilbride School or Hayden Secondary School

Please note:

  • The maximum number of holds allowed on a library card at one time is 100. Customers with reciprocal borrowing privileges may borrow a total of eight items and place two holds.

  • When your hold item becomes available, you will be notified by telephone or email.

    • Holds notice by email: If you have given us permission to do so, the library will email a due date reminder two days before your items are due, and overdue notices.

    • Holds notice by telephone: Our automated telephone notification system will call you to let you know that your hold item is ready for pick-up and at what location.

  • Pausing holds: You can pause your holds through the catalogue. When you're ready to read once again, simply return your holds to active status. You cannot pause holds on items that are available on the shelf.

  • If you miss picking up a hold: If you do not pick up your hold by the expiry date, unfortunately there is no record kept of the hold you've missed. With email notification, do not delete your message until you pick up the item so you can keep track of your holds.

Most print and audiovisual items may be renewed up to 10 times, that is, for 21 days from the date of renewal and then again for another 21 day loan period, and so on. There are 3 handy ways to renew library items:

  1. online through your My BPL library account
  2. in person at any branch or give us a call during open hours;
  3. call our Touch-Tone Telephone Renewal Service: Call 905.333.3701 and have your library card and the item(s) you wish to renew within reach. If you have more than five items to renew, please call the library during open hours at 905.639.3611 and a staff member will help you.

Some items cannot be renewed: items with outstanding holds, EXPRESS collection, and seasonal items

Library members are expected to return items on time and in good condition. There is no daily overdue fine charge for items returned after their due date. We are counting on you to borrow responsibly as a courtesy to others and the Library. In place of a fine penalty, you can choose to Pay It Forward with a voluntary contribution to the library. BPL will continue to charge replacement fees for items that are lost or damaged—see Fees & Charges under Related links below

When it’s time to bring borrowed items back, you can return them to any BPL location; 24-hour drop boxes are located at all branches. If you return an item from another public library to BPL by mistake, we will contact that library system to let them know, but we will not return the item for you.

  • eReaders must be returned in person to a check-out desk, not in a library drop box.
  • Automated notifications are sent by email or telephone, if requested.
  • Overdue reminders stop after 21 days. An item is considered lost when it is 30 days overdue, and your account will be billed a non-refundable replacement fee and blocked from borrowing physical items.

Burlington Public Library customers enjoy borrowing privileges from neighbouring library systems, which allows you to borrow items from the public libraries serving Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills, and Hamilton.

If you cannot find the library item you want in Burlington, please visit the online catalogues of neighbouring libraries to see if they have the item in their collection. Once you have registered your BPL card number with a partner library, you can place holds and borrow directly from that system.

Place a hold on Just Arrived and On Order items

More to Borrow - Enhanced borrowing through partner library systems