Fines for Overdue Material

Overdue fines are charged for any material that is not returned on or before the due date.  Fines were established as an incentive for prompt return of materials so that they will be available for others to borrow. They begin accruing the day after the item is due.

Each item continues to accrue fines of up to $5 until they are returned, renewed or marked as lost. You cannot pay for items that are still outstanding and accruing fines. It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure that all materials are returned on time.

As a courtesy, the Library offers email notification to customers regarding materials coming due. Customers are responsible for returning materials on the due date whether or not email notification has been received.

Renewals can be made by phone at 905-770-4291 or online through the My Account portal. Items with holds cannot be renewed.

Fines are assessed on the basis of the material type.

Fines or overdue charges are applicable to all circulating materials as follows:

Material Type Loan Period Renewals Daily Fine
per Item
Maximum Fine
per Item
Adult Materials 3 weeks 10 $0.30 $5.00
Children's Materials 3 weeks 10 $0.25 $5.00
Book Express 7 days 0 $1.00 $5.00
Theatrical DVDs 7 days 0 $2.00 $5.00
Children's DVDs 7 days 2 $2.00 $5.00
TV Series and Non-fiction DVDs 7 days 10 $2.00 $5.00
Magazines 3 weeks 2 $0.25 $5.00
CDs 3 weeks 2 $0.30 $5.00

Fines are charged to all registered customers with the exception of customers registered with the Visiting Library Service and those with Special Needs Status.

If you owe fines under $25, your account privileges will not be affected.

If you owe more than $25 in overdue fines, your account will be blocked and you will be prevented from accessing many of the Library’s services. Customers will be notified when their account reaches $25 or more.

If your account is blocked, you can:    Yes/No
Check out Library materials          No
Place a hold  No
Renew a checked-out item by telephone or in branch Yes
Renew a checked-out item Online No
Renew a checked-out item Telecirc No
Check out and download an eBook or eAudiobook  No

To unblock your account, you need to return any overdue material and/or pay any outstanding fines. Please visit your local branch to pay any outstanding fines.

For more information, please view our Circulation Policy.