Borrowing

Man returning books

For full Borrowing information, see the Borrowing Policy

What do I need to borrow material?

To borrow library material, you will need your library card number and your PIN. A PIN is assigned when you register for a card.

You can change this PIN at any time, through your My HPL library account or at any library branch. Please make sure you bring identification when you wish to make changes to your account in person.

How long can I borrow material for?

  • 21-day loan period - Applies to most print materials.
  • 14-day loan period - Bestseller Express, Magazines.
  • 7-day loan period - DVDs, Blu-rays, Games.
  • 3-day loan period - DVD Express.

When you check out material you will receive a receipt with the due date for the items you have borrowed. A receipt can also be emailed to you. You can also check MyHPL for due dates. Be sure to return your items on time to avoid any late fines.

Borrowing Limits

For more information about library cards, see Types of Library cards.

Discovery cards have limits on the number of items customers can borrow:

  • A maximum of 50 items can be checked out at any time.
  • A limit of two (2) DVD Express and two (2) Bestseller Express items can be checked out.
  • A maximum of 50 holds can be placed.
  • Access to digital collections and resources

Inspire card users can borrow materials and are subject to the same responsibilities as a Discovery library card, but with reduced borrowing limits:

  • A maximum of five (5) items can be checked out at any time.
  • A maximum of one (1) Express item.
  • A maximum of five (5) holds can be placed at any time.
  • Access to digital collections and resources
  • Late Fines are not applied except for Express items and Video Games

Community cards have extended borrowing and loan periods.

  • A maximum of 200 items can be checked out at any time.
  • A ninety-day (90) loan period for item, excluding Express items, Video Games and Periodicals
  • The manager reserves the right to impose limitations on the amount and type of material available or shorten the loan period if necessary.
  • A maximum of ninety-nine (99) holds can be placed.

Reciprocal card

  • Cardholders can borrow up to eight (8) items and can place two (2) holds.
  • Reciprocal cardholders do not have access to digital resources, such as eBooks.

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