Membership rules



What you get with your GPL Membership
Access to thousands of books, movies, magazines, audiobooks & more
Access online resources such as newspapers, articles, reader's advisory and research databases

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Download eBooks, eAudiobooks, and music from Overdrive or Hoopla

An online account to place holds, renew items, make reading lists & more

Access great databases & interactive programs Just for Kids 


What kind of membership can you have?



Look right to find out about Regular Memberships

Free memberships with full privileges are given to applicants of all ages 
who currently live or own property in Grimsby. 

Free memberships are also given to applicants who work or attend school in Grimsby. Proof of employment/registration (pay stub, student card etc.) is required upon application.


Look right to find out about Non-Resident Memberships

Non-Resident Memberships are purchased by prospective patrons of all ages who reside outside of Grimsby (do not pay taxes to the town of Grimsby). Please bring your card each time you visit as you need it to check out library materials. 

 These memberships cost $40.00 annually and give you full borrowing privileges for a full year after the membership is purchased.


Look right to find out about Hamilton Reciprocal Borrowing Memberships


If you are a Hamilton resident with a Hamilton Public Library card, you may register your card and have some borrowing privileges at the Grimsby Public Library. 

For more details please see the section at the bottom of this page.

Borrowing limits: 8 items, 2 holds


Look right to find out about Corporate Memberships
Corporate Membership allows schools, daycares or businesses in Grimsby to borrow materials for their organization. Several people may use the card within the organization, with one person having overall responsibility for it.

A   pdf Corporate Membership Application
 must be signed by an executive or administrator (the signatory) who is authorized to accept financial responsibility for the organization. The school, daycare or business is responsible for all lost or damaged material and regular borrowing limits, fees and fines apply.
Please fill out the application above and bring it with you to Library for registration. The application will be verified over the telephone or in person with the signatory, and the card will be given/mailed to the same. The Library card must be in-hand to borrow materials. 






Library Card Rules


With a Grimsby Public Library card you are agreeing to:

  • Care for all of the materials you borrow.
  • Pay outstanding Fines & Fees.
  • Take responsibility & pay for all items checked out to you that are lost or damaged.
  • Notify us if your card is lost or stolen.
  • Update us if your name, address, or phone number changes.
  • Confirm your address and phone number yearly.

**The replacement fee for a lost library card is $2.00.





How to Apply




Required for registration:

Please bring: 1 piece of I.D. with name & address (driver's license)
                       1 formal piece of I.D.: Including name (passport, student card, etc)
                       1 proof of address: Including name & address (mail, a bill, report card)




Apply In-Person:

1. Come to the Grimsby Public Library and approach the Library Service desk with one of
    the above listed idenification methods.

2. Ask a member of staff to register you for a new card. The staff member will then ask for
    your I.D. and questions pertaining to the type of membership you require.

3. The staff member will create your account in our system based on the information you
     provide, and you will receive your new Library card and borrowing
     information at that time. You may check materials out & use all online services
     immediately after registration is complete. 



Registering children under 12:

Children of any age may have a Grimsby Public Library card. 

All children under 12 must have parental/guardian consent and home address verification when registering for a card. All child cards must be signed by parent/guardian.




Apply Online:

1. Click My Account to get to the login page of the website.

2. Click on the link thats says: "If you are not registered for library services, click here now".

3. Follow the instructions to complete the online registration process.

4. Once online registration is complete you will not be able to access our online resources       or check material out at the library until your account is activated and verified in person.

5. To activiate your account come to the Grimsby Public Library and approach the Library
    Service desk with one of the above listed idenification methods. A staff member will
    verify the information in your account and issue you with your new library card.





Reciprocal Memberships for Hamilton Residents




What is reciprocal borrowing?
Reciprocal borrowing allows library patrons with valid library cards from participating libraries to receive borrowing privileges only at other participating libraries on a limited basis. Reciprocal borrowing privileges at the Grimsby Public Library are for Hamilton residents only and not for out-of-town memberships purchased at the Hamilton Public Library. This limited membership does not allow a patron to partake in any other services or programs offered by the libraries.

Why do I have to register for reciprocal borrowing privileges?
Each library system has a different computer system that is compatible but not fully integrated therefore, we need to register you on our  database.

What do I need to register?
To register we require an original document showing your name and address and a library card from your local library system. You also have the option of purchasing a full-service card, for an annual fee. A full-service card allows a patron to partake in all services and programs offered by the libraries.

What can I borrow?
You may borrow up to 8 items and place 2 holds at a time.

How do overdue materials and fines affect my library card?
You will be notified if you have overdue materials from the library system where these were borrowed. Overdue materials must be returned, and fines paid to the system where the items were borrowed.

Are there differences in how I use the other library?
When you use your reciprocal borrowing privileges you may find that some borrowing practices are slightly different. For example, there may be different due dates, or different limits on the quantities of material types borrowed.




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