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How to Use the Library

Join the Library

A library card is free if you are a resident of the City of Orillia or the Township of Oro Medonte and the Township of Severn.  The Orillia Public Library contracts with the Township of Oro-Medonte and the Township of Severn to provide library membership to township residents and taxpayers. OPL bills the townships directly for each membership. Residents of Barrie and Midland are eligible for free Orillia Public Library membership through reciprocal agreements (proof of residence in Barrie or Midland plus a valid Barrie or Midland Public Library card is required). Orillia Public Library members are entitled to the same privilege at Barrie and Midland public libraries.

An agreement also exists with Georgian College and Lakehead University. Georgian College and Lakehead University students must present their student card along with current address identification to obtain an Orillia Public Library card free of charge.  (The Orillia Public Library reserves the right to ask for proof of school enrollment.)  Orillia Public Library members are entitled to the same privilege at the Library Commons at Georgian College and Lakehead University. 

If you are not eligible for a free library card, a household membership can be purchased at the following rates: $150 for one year, $80 for six months. We offer individual monthly memberships for $15/month per person.

Adults and students in Grade 9 or above must provide proof of identification and proof of address to obtain a library card. Your library card must be shown each time you want to borrow material.

Please take care of your library card. You are responsible for any items borrowed on it and for any charges that may result from late, lost or damaged materials. Changes in personal information, such as address, telephone number or email address should be reported immediately.

Please call the Library's Checkout Desk at 705-325-2339 for more information on memberships. 

Lost Card      

If you lose your library card, please notify us immediately as you are responsible for all materials signed out on your card.

There is a $2.00 replacement fee for a lost or damaged card.


Search Our Catalogue  

Our catalogue is accessible from the Internet. That means you can check for materials or check on your account status from home, office, school, or anywhere else in the world.

 View our catalogue


Check Your Account    

You can access your library account through the catalogue, renew your materials, and place holds on items. You will need: 

  • your 14-digit Orillia Public Library card number - all the numbers, no spaces
  • and your PIN number which can be obtained in person at the Library.

 Then click on My Account.


Email Notification

The Library offers email notification that items on hold for you are available for pick-up, reminders that your items are due soon, as well as alerts that you have overdue items.

To receive email notices, please provide your email address to staff at the Checkout Desk.


Using the Library 

Borrowing Items 

All Library items have loan periods and some have borrowing limits. Refer to the chart below to see which guidelines relate to your material.   Please note: those with a one-month membership may borrow a maximum of four items at one time.


 Material  Limits  Loan Period  Late Charge
Adult books  No limit  4 weeks  $0.25 per day
Children's Books  No limit  4 weeks  $0.15 per day
Fast Track Books  No limit  2 weeks  $0.25 per day
Express Books  3
 1 week  $1.00 per day
Fast Track DVDs  3 items 2 days $1.00 per day 
(Adult & Child)
 3 items  1 week $1.00 per day 
 Video Games  3
1 week   $1.00
per day
 Magazines  No limit  2 weeks  $0.25 per day
Books on CD  No limit  4 weeks  $0.25 per day
Music CDs ( Adult )  6 items  2 weeks  $0.25 per day
Music CDs ( Child )  6 items  2 weeks  $0.15 per day
 CD - ROMs  3 items  2 weeks  $0.15 per day
 Kill-A-Watt Meters  1 item  4 weeks  $0.25 per day
Multimedia Kits  3 items  4 weeks  $0.15 per day
Interlibrary Loans No limit  Varies  $0.25 per day


Borrowers with lost or long overdue materials will be billed the replacement cost of the item plus a non refundable $6.00 per item administration fee.

Items returned after the return by date will be charged the maximum fine owing. 

Renewing Materials

Fast Track items, Express books, Video games, and some seasonal items may not be renewed. All other materials may be renewed for one additional loan period, unless a hold has been placed on the item. You may renew materials by clicking on " My Account " in our online catalogue or call the Checkout Desk at (705) 325-2339.

Interlibrary Loans  

  • We can borrow books for you from other Libraries in Ontario, if we don't have them in our collection.
  • We can borrow microfilm from provincial archives.
  • We cannot borrow current bestsellers, reference material or school textbooks.
  • Please view our Interlibrary Loans page for more information.


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