Library Moments: An Introduction to HCPL

Haliburton County Public Library

Sherrill Sherwood, Collection Development/Marketing: Hello, my name is Sherrill Sherwood from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.

As libraries evolve with the times more features and programs are added to attract and keep patrons. One thing has remained constant however, books and stories and information are still the main draw. In the excitement of new services, the basic ones are sometimes taken for granted by library staff and regular patrons. Today we will remind you, or possibly tell you for the first time, how the HCPL works.

Amanda Wilk, Public Services Librarian: It’s easy to get a library card! Visit any of our eight branches, and bring with you some form of identification that proves you own or rent property in the area. Of course seasonal residents are welcome to register, and can even bring their dump card as proof of residency.

Once you have a library card, remember to always bring it with you to check out materials. For confidentiality assurance, we require you to present your library card each and every time you check out items.

With your library card, you can borrow an unlimited number of books. However, DVDs are restricted to 3 items per user. And don’t forget, that with your library card number, and the pin you will have created when you registered you can also access our digital collection of e-books, and audio books, as well as various database resources. If you are unsure what your pin number is, just ask at the circulation desk, next time you visit your branch, or you can call the administrative center at 705-457-2241.

Print books and audio books can be checked out for 3 weeks, DVDs and magazines for 1, and e-books and digital audio books for 1 to 2 weeks depending on your preference. All items can be renewed twice, as long as they do not have any holds, in which case they are unable to be renewed.

BranchesBessie Sullivan, County Librarian: The Haliburton County Public Library has physical branches spread out amongst the four Municipalities of Haliburton County.  In Algonquin Highlands there is a branch in Dorset and Stanhope, in Dysart the branch is in the village of Haliburton, in Minden Hills it is in the town of Minden, and in Highlands East there are library branches in Cardiff, Gooderham, Highland Grove, and Wilberforce.  The Administration Centre for the eight branches is attached to the Dysart Branch in Haliburton. Virtual services are available 24/7 from our website at  From this website you can search our materials collections, that is books, dvds, and cds.  In a separate database you can search our e-books.  All these items can be reserved.  For tangible material you can place a hold and have it delivered to any branch.  We will call you when it arrives, for ebooks, you can place a hold and you will get an email when it is available, at that point you simply download the item.  Materials can be returned to any branch of the system regardless of where it came from.  It will find its way back.  Our website also houses on-line databases on topics like health, travel, and even car repair.  Directions to all our branches and the hours they will be open can also be found on our website.

Sherrill: At the library office we have a steady influx of people dropping off books that they no longer need. Please remember that if the box has spider webs, giant spiders, dead flies, smells musty or has mouse droppings that it’s unlikely the library can use the books. We have added thousands of gently used, clean, donated books to our collection or passed them on to the Friends of the HCPL to use in book sales. Proceeds are used to enhance library services.

So these are the basics of the Haliburton County Public Library. These services have been added to and are now layered with community partnerships, readers’ advisory, children and adult programming, anything that will serve and enrich our community. That’s it for Library Moments, thanks for listening to 100.9 Canoe FM.

* Originally aired on 100.9 Canoe FM from April 15th-22nd


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