Circulation Rules

We are now fine free!

Beginning April 4th 2022, over 99% of the PCIN collections (North Perth, Perth East, St Mary's, Stratford and West Perth) will be FINE FREE! 

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 there is no waitlist. Libraries will continue to send reminders to patrons when items are past due.

Need to renew your card? Call 519-595-8395 or ask at the front desk. Proof of ID is required to renew a library card.

Fine Free:

The following items are now fine free:

  • Print books
  • Books on CD
  • Magazines
  • DVD's
  • CNIB materials

Fines Applied:

Fines still apply to

  • Interlibrary loan (ILLO) materials
  • Book club kits
  • Special Collections
    • Technology including: mobile hotspots, Cubelets, C-Pen, Nintendo Switch Console and Nintendo Switch games, equipment including: trekking poles and snowshoes, steam kits and board games

Auto Renewals

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 patron has requested to borrow (items on hold)
  • ILLO items (items borrowed from a library system outside PCIN)
  • Downloadable materials (eg. eBooks and audiobooks)
  • Steam Kits
  • Hotspots
  • Park Passes
  • PC Connect bus pass
  • Pool pass
  • Nintendo Switch console
  • Nintendo Switch games

Patrons 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

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 PEPL then Checked Out.
  3. You will then see the due dates of your items listed.
  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 519-519-9583 during our open hours and ask a library staff member to check your due dates and renew the items.

Email Reminders

Our Courtesy Reminder service notifies users by email that their items are due back in three days. Please contact the library at 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 at the front desk. You can pay by cash or check.

Lost & Damaged Materials

If materials are damaged beyond use, patrons must pay the replacement cost of the item. 

If an item is overdue by 35 days, it will be declared lost. Lost items remain in the PCIN system for one year and can be accepted back into the collection if found. Once an item is declared lost, a replacement fine for the lost item will be generated. If the item were to be found and returned, the replacement cost will be reversed; however, there is a non-refundable $12.95 collection fee.

Additionally, if your account has fines over $10, you cannot check out items on your account until paid. If your account has outstanding fines of over $50, your account will go to collections and there is a $12.95 non-refundable fee. 

Loan Period Rules

Library MaterialLoan PeriodFine/Day
Print Books 21 Days
High Demand Print Books14 Days-
InterLibrary Loans21 Days1.00
Magazines and DVD's7 Days-
Books on CD21 Days -
Book Club Kits42 Days1.00
Library MaterialLoan PeriodFine/Day
Special Collections (Listed under "Fine Free" tab)7 Days1.00
Wonderbooks and Launchpads21 Days -
Steam Kits and Board Games21 Days -
Day Passes (Park & Pool)7 Days2.00
Nintendo Switch Games21 Days1.00