Your library card must be presented in order to borrow books or magazines. There is no limit on the number of library books and/or CD audiobooks that may be borrowed at one time. The date by which the item must be returned is stamped on the date due slip at the back. The library reserves the right to limit the number of items borrowed from a single subject area and places a limit of four magazines per magazine title (e.g. 4 Macleans, 4 National Geographics, 4 People magazines, etc.). DVDs and Blu-ray Discs are available to patrons ages 14 and up (those between 14 – 18 years old require parental consent). Patrons may have up to ten DVDs and/or Blu-ray discs checked out at a given time. Digital downloadable audio & e-books are available for borrowing through the library’s website.
Renewals can be made if the item has not been requested by another borrower. Providing there are no holds on an item, residents of Cape Breton and Victoria Counties can renew books up to 10 times and DVDs/Blu-ray Discs up to 3 times. Visitors can renew DVDs and Blu-ray Discs twice, and Books 3 times. Digital books cannot be renewed, but can be returned and checked out again if available.
Items may be returned to a any Cape Breton Regional Library branch or bookmobile. Items may also be returned to university, community college, and all other public libraries throughout Nova Scotia.
A fine of .15 cents per item per library day is charged on overdue books, magazines, and audiobooks on CD, to a maximum of $3.00 per item. A fine of .50 cents per DVD/Blu-ray Disc per library day is charged on overdue videos/DVD’s to a maximum of $5.00 per item. There are no fines for eBooks or eAudiobooks, because they automatically expire and return to the collection on their due date.
Lost or Damaged Items
The borrower is responsible for the items borrowed on their card. In case of loss or damage a charge for replacement or repair is made.
Lost Library Cards
If the library card has been lost it should be reported to the Library as soon as possible. If the card is not located by the end of one week, a replacement card may be secured at a charge of one dollar ($1.00).
Payments for late fines, lost items, or replacement library cards can be made by cash or cheque in person at any Cape Breton Regional Library branch or bookmobile. Payment by debit or credit card is not available at this time.