The library provides a wide variety of materials and services, including: public access computers, free Internet access, books, magazines, large-print books, audiobooks, interlibrary loan, and more…!
Get a Library Card!
Membership in the Library is free to all permanent residents of Laurentian Hills. Residents of the Town of Deep River, and the Townships of Head Clara and Maria may also belong to the Library under a long-standing agreement. In order to receive your free library card, you will need to provide verification of your address so please bring a driver’s license, mail or something that confirms your identity and address.
For more information, please read our Membership Policy
Loan Periods & Fines
The loan period for books and other materials is two weeks. Items may be dropped off after hours by using the “Book Return” deposit boxes. Borrowed items may be renewed by calling the Library during open hours. Fines for overdue items are set at 25¢ per library day for adults, and 10¢ for children.
For more information, please read our Membership Policy
Can’t find what you’re looking for? Patrons may request interlibrary loan service for Items not owned by the Library. The staff will do their best to obtain the item. Loan periods for such items are set by the lending library, and all charges are the responsibility of the borrower. Overdue fines are $1.00 per day. If a book is damaged or lost the patron will be charged the rate of replacement as per the lending library's policy. Interloan privileges can be limited or revoked at our discretion.
The Library’s collection consists of hundreds of books for adults and juniors in a variety of formats including large print and audio, and more than 40 magazine subscriptions. We also carry DVD and BlueRay video discs for loan. At the Point Alexander Branch there is a collection of sewing patterns for loan. In 2008, the local Health Unit donated 6 pedometers for those who would like to count their steps.
Each branch has free museum passes that give families access to many Ottawa Valley museums. All these items may be borrowed in the same manner as a book or magazine, just by using your library membership card. The museum networks we currently offer passes for are as follows:
Genealogy @ the Library
Genealogy is the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogy can be a great hobby and resource for families and future generations to get to know where they came from and who they are. The Laurentian Hills Library has many resources and plans to host events devoted to genealogy.
- Here you will find the Library & Archives Canada page on Genealogy and Family History. A great starting point for archival material about families in Canada and how to begin your genealogical journey.
- Here is a link to the library's access to Ancestry.com
- The Toronto Public Library has a wealth of information and scanned documents for the amatuer genealogist or family history buff. Much of it is open to the public, some pages require a library card from the TPL.
- The Family Search.org is a website devoted to genealogy. It was started as the genealogical branch of the Church of Latterday Saints, and is now the worlds largest database of genealogical records.
- The Cemetery is a great starting point for many genealogists.Canada Genweb is a database collection of over 18,000 cemeteries accross Canada. It began as a volunteer resource in 2004 and now has all kinds of great information.
- Digitizing Your Family History by Rhonda R. McClure (2004)
Family Photo Detective, by Maureen A. Taylor (2013)
- Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records, by Brenda Dougall Merriman (2013)
- Who Do You Think You Are: The Genealogy Handbook, by Dan Waddell (2014)
- Genealogy Online for Dummies, by Matthew L. Helm (2014)
Copy, Print & Fax
- Photocopying: 15¢ per page,
- Computer Printing: 15¢ per page, 30¢ per page for colour
- Faxing: $2.00 first page, $1.00 for each additional page
Computers & Internet
Would you like to check your email or Facebook account, do homework for school, or genealogical research perhaps? For individuals who wish to use the Internet, there are 3 public access workstations in each branch, and wireless access is also available. This service is provided free to the public with the financial assistance of the Community Access Program (CAP) through Industry Canada, and Connectivity Funding through the Southern Ontario Library Service.
In addition to the Internet workstations, there are 2 special computers for children, 1 in each branch. These user-friendly computers have colourful keyboards, tiny mice and touch screen monitors. They are loaded with computer programs for early learning and literacy, and were designed for children from preschool to age 9. Bring your children to try one. It will change learning into child’s play!
Gaming in the Library
The Chalk River branch has added a game room and so much more. We have a Wii U entertainment system with a variety of games for all ages, as well we have 2 tablets and 2 Nintendo 3 DS with games and accessories. These all can be checked out for in library use.
The Library is pleased to provide access to the wide-ranging services available through Service Ontario, and Service Ontario Business Initiative. Get fast, easy access to Ontario government service and information online. The Library staff will be happy to assist any
individual who requires help in finding or accessing these programs.
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