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Sault Ste. Marie Public Library

Borrowing

Once you have signed up for a library card, you can borrow items from any of our locations. You may even have items sent to any branch location for easier pickup.

Borrowing and Renewing Items

  • You may borrow a maximum of 100 items on your card.
  • Loan periods vary depending on the material borrowed, however, you may ask for an extended loan period when checking out materials. Items may be renewed up to 5 times unless an item has been requested by another patron.
  • You may renew materials in person, by phone (705) 759-5231, or online using your library card number and PIN.

Placing Holds

  • There are three ways you can place/cancel holds on circulating items:
    • In person with the help of a library staff member
    • Through our online catalogue using your library card number and PIN
    • By calling (705) 759-5236 during library business hours. 
  • You will be notified by phone or e-mail when the item(s) you have placed on hold are available for pick-up. Once your hold has arrived, you will have 5 days to pick-up your hold or it will be canceled and a $1.00 hold fee will be applied to your account.

Returning Items
Materials can be returned to any branch location at any time using our 24-hour return chute.

Fines 
Overdue fines are charged for any materials that are not returned on or before the due date. Fines are established as an incentive for patrons to return materials on-time so that they are available for other people to borrow. Please note that if you accumulate $25.00 worth of fines or more, your borrowing privileges will be suspended until your fines are paid. For a complete list of library fines and fees, click here.

Item Loan Period Fine Amount Per Day Maximum Fine Amount Per Item
Adult Books and Audio Material 3 weeks $0.25 $10.00
Children's Books and Audio Material 3 weeks $0.10 $2.50
Blu-Rays and DVDs 1 week $1.00 $10.00
Express Reads 1 week $1.00 $10.00
Inter Library Loan Books Varies based on availability $2.00 $20.00
Magazines 3 weeks $0.25 $5.00
Video Games 1 week $2.00 $20.00


Lost or Damaged Items
If an item is lost or returned damaged and the replacement cost is over $10.00, you will be charged the full replacement cost, including a $5.65 non-refundable processing fee. Please note the library does not accept a replacement copy or item of equivalent value if an item is lost.