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Your Library Account

Your Library Card

Your library card is a permanent card, renewable every 2 years, and must be brought to the library every time you wish to borrow materials.

Thanks to the Perth County Information Network (PCIN), your West Perth Library card allows you to borrow items from Stratford, St. Marys, North Perth (Listowel, Atwood and Monkton) and Perth East (Milverton) public libraries.

Library Card Application

A library card application is available at the library. Bring one piece of ID that has your name and address, or a piece of ID plus a bill or statement with your name and current address.

**Online Card Registration during COVID-19 closure**

You can now register online and get a library card! You will get your new library card number in 24-48 hours and then can start reading, listening, discovering and learning. Find all the information on the Online Card Registration page.


In order to access your library account online, place a hold, or to download ebooks or audiobooks, you will need a PIN. The Library has assigned you a PIN and it is the last 4 digits of your phone number. You can change your PIN in the online catalogue.

Do not give out your PIN, as doing so may permit access to information on your library account.

Renewing your library card

Every 2 years, your library card will need to be renewed. You can renew by visiting the library or calling 519-348-9234.

To see when your library card expires, log into your library account in the catalogue, then click on My Settings in the top right corner.

Lost or stolen cards

If your card is lost or stolen, report it immediately to the Library. You are responsible for anything borrowed on your card. To receive a replacement card, you will be asked to show identification and pay a $3 replacement charge.

Lending Details

ItemLoan PeriodRenewalsQuantity Limit
Books3 weeks3No limit
High-Demand Books2 weeksNoneNo limit
Books on CD3 weeks3No limit
Kits (child book & CD)3 weeks3No limit
(current issues excepted)
1 week3No limit
CDs3 weeks3No limit
DVDs1 week310 per card
Express DVDs2 days02 per card
Inter Library Loan
(other than PCIN libraries)
3 weeksAt lending
library's discretion
2 requests/week
ebooks and eaudio
up to 3 weeks20 per card

Reciprocal borrowing agreements

West Perth Library patrons can now obtain cards at Huron County Library, Waterloo Regional Library, Wellington County Library and the Oxford County Library by presenting identification with their address at these locations.  Likewise, patrons of these libraries are welcome to get a card from West Perth Library by presenting identification with their address.

Access your account - on the catalogue  Bibliocommmons

  1. Logging in - The first time you login to BiblioCommons, you need to enter your library card number (with no spaces) and your PIN, typically the last 4 digits of your phone number.  Click Log In.  Your name and birth date will be displayed.  
  2. Click Register.  The username that you select will be associated with any content you add to the catalogue.  Once you have created a username you may use it instead of your library card number to login to BiblioCommons.  Usernames must be letters, numbers and/or underscores.  Entering an e-mail address is optional.  
  3. If you choose to select the Recently Returned feature, the system will keep a list of the titles you borrow from that point onwards for your personal use.  Only three months of materials will be stored on the list.  
  4. Review the Terms of Use and check the box to accept the terms. 
    Click Register

Renewing online

  1. Login to the catalogue Bibliocommons
  2. Under My Library Dashboard >My Borrowing choose Checked Out
  3. Renew one item at a time by clicking blue renew box OR multiple items by check marking items and clicking 'Renew Selected' at bottom of screen
It is also possible to renew by telephone during library hours.

Get e-mail reminders about items coming due

Contact the library to have your account set-up for courtesy e-mails of items coming due.   

Placing a hold

It is possible to place a hold on an item that is currently checked out or belongs to another library in the PCIN network.
  1. When the item is located, click on Place a Hold
  2. From the drop down menu select the pick-up location.
  3. Click on the Confirm button.
  4. If you are not already logged in, you will be prompted to login.
  5. Wait for the black confirmation box to appear.
  6. You will be contacted when the item arrives.

Pausing a hold

If you are going to be away, but don't want to lose your place in line on the holds you have, you can pause the hold.
  1. Log into your account.
  2. Under My Library Dashboard>My Borrowing, choose On Hold.
  3. Click the box in front of each item you wish to pause.
  4. Click Manage items at bottom,
  5. Choose Pause Holds in list
  6. Click on Select a Date to choose end date.
  7. Click Yes, Pause Holds.