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Membership & Borrowing

Member Privileges

Getting your first library card is free for all ages! To sign up, visit any branch and present a piece of identification or official document that has your name and current address on it. Please notify us of any changes in your personal information, as it is your responsibility to keep your contact information current.

  • Sign out up to 50 in-house items (including books, DVDs, audiobooks, etc.). 
  • Download up to 10 eBooks and eAudiobooks, and unlimited eMagazines. Note: downloadable eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines do not count against your 50 item limit.
  • Free computer and internet access in any branch.
  • Free access to subscription databases and other on-line resources with authoritative, full-text articles.
  • Access to children's and adult programs for all ages from story times to workshops.

If you forget your library card, we will accept a piece of ID in lieu for the purpose of checking out materials or logging on to the computers. You can also capture a picture of your library card on your smartphone or tablet to present as a virtual card

Stack of Library cards.

Applying for a Library Card

Apply for a Library card in person by visiting any branch with a piece of I.D. that includes your mailing address (e.g. driver's license), a piece of mail (e.g. utility bill), or proof of address (e.g. mortgage or rental agreement). This Library card grants you access to all of our physical collections of books, movies, video games, and more; our virtual eCollections of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, and streaming media; and our online eResources and research databases.

You can also apply for an eCard! This temporary card will grant you access to our virtual eCollections and our online eResources.

You can upgrade your eCard to a full card by contacting Member Services at, or 905-623-7322 2712. The full card will enable you to check out physical items.

Checking Your Account

You can check your account online through our catalogue, mobile app, automated phone system at 905-623-9921, by phoning Member Services at 905-623-7322 x2712, or by dropping in to any branch.

Fines and Fees

As of May 3, 2022, Clarington Public Library has eliminated fines for overdue materials! Whether they’re overdue by days, weeks, or even months, simply return your late materials to any branch with no overdue fines! Just "Bring it back!"

You are responsible for your borrowed items. If an item is lost or damaged, you will be charged the replacement cost for the item and the $6.00 administration fee.

For more information, please see our Bring it Back! page.

Loan Periods

The following chart indicates the loan periods for Library materials.

All items will be holdable, and most items will automatically renew an unlimited number of times, with the exception of Mobile Hotspots, Book Club in a Bag kits, Inter-Library Loans (ILLOs), and any items that have holds. There are no longer overdue fines on any Library materials.

Update: Effective Thursday, July 21st, the Library will be implementing updated loan periods. Many special collection items, DVDs and video games will be due back in 7 days. Any items that are currently checked out will continue to adhere to the due date that they had at checkout (e.g. a STEAM kit checked out on July 12 will still be due back on August 2 as per current loan periods). Any items checked out on and after July 21 will be subject to the new loan periods.

Item Loan Period
Adult Items 21 days
Young Adult (YA) Items 21 days
Children's Items 21 days
Adult DVDs 7 days
Adult Television Series (3+ discs) 14 days
Children's DVDs 7 days
Adult and Young Adult (YA) Video Games
(limit of 10 video games per card)
7 days
Children's Video Games
(limit of 10 video games per card)
7 days
Interlibrary Loans: DVDs Varies; usually 7 days
Interlibrary Loans: Books and Audiobooks Varies; usually 21 days
Back2Nature Backpacks 7 days
Binocular Kits 7 days
Board and Card Games 7 days
Community Passes 7 days
(limit of 5 Launchpads per card)
7 days
Mini-Maker Kits 7 days
STEAM Kits 7 days
Storytime Kits 7 days
Mobile Hotspots 21 days
Wonderbooks 21 days
Book Club in a Bag Kits 42 days
DAISY Readers 42 days


Lost or Stolen Cards

You are responsible for the items borrowed on your card until it is reported missing. If you lose your card report it immediately by calling Member Services at 905-623-7322 x 2712. The cost-recovery fee to replace a lost or stolen card is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children (under age 12).

Suspension of Privileges

Library privileges are suspended when 10 or more items are one (1) day overdue.

When items are lost or damaged, members will be billed the value of those items plus a $6.00 administrative fee per item.

If you have any concerns, please contact Member Services at or 905-623-7322 x2712 to discuss your account.

Use of Retrieval Agency

After 21 days overdue, members will be billed the value of all outstanding items, plus a $6.00 administrative fee per item. At 90 days overdue, member accounts may be submitted to a retrieval agency and a $15.00 administrative fee will be added to the account.

If you have any concerns, please contact Member Services at or 905-623-7322 x2712 to discuss your account.

Communications and Notifications

Clarington Public Library contacts members to notify them about their account status, program registration, and Library promotions. Please see our Communications page for details and options.