Library FAQ's

1. How do I get a Library card?
If you live within the City of Dryden limits, you may get a library card for free when you show one piece of identification with your current address. If you live outside the City of Dryden limits, a library card will cost $95 a year for a family of five living at the same address, or $68 per person per year. If you are going to be in Dryden for a short time and need a temporary card,  a non-refundable $20 fee is available for a three month period. 

2. How can I use the internet at the library?
Internet use is free of charge at the library. You must sign in at the front desk before using a computer. If you are under 13 years of age, your parent/guardian must come to the library to sign a consent form before you use the internet. Internet computers are available for periods of 30-60 minutes, with a maximum of 60 minutes use per day, per person.

3. What if I want a book from another library?
We offer a free inter-library loan service to all patrons who have a current Library card that does not have fines owing. Inter-library loan allows us to order books from other Ontario Public Libraries. Inter-library loans have an overdue fine of $1.00 per day per book.

4. What about renewing my books, magazines and DVDs?
Renewals may be made over the telephone or by accessing the library online catalogue. Click on
"Dryden Public Library Online Catalogue" . Enter your library card number as the User ID. Your PIN is "dryden". You may place holds, renew material and check your account. New books, those that are less than two months old, can only be renewed if there isn't a hold placed on them by another patron. Magazines are not renewable and must be returned within 7 days. All other books may be renewed for two weeks. Inter-library loan items cannot be renewed.

5. How many items can I take out on my Library card at once?
We do not place limits on adult books, junior books or teen books, or books on CD. A maximum of three DVDs per family may be checked out and four magazines per card are allowed.

6. What are the fines if I am late returning my items?
Seven day new adult books and all magazines are 50 cents per day, per book. Regular two week adult and teen books are 20 cents per day, per item. Junior and children's books are 10 cents per day, per item. DVDs are $2.00 per day, per item.

7. What if I want to return my items after you are closed?
We have a drop box located at the front entrance that is open when the library is closed so you may return your items at any time?

8. What if I want to donate my used books or DVDs to the library?
We will be happy to accept donations of used books and other items that are clean, odour free and in good used condition. We do not accept encyclopedias, magazines that are more than three months old or video cassettes. We may decide to sell your donation if we already have the title and use the money to purchase other titles, or we may decide to add it to our collection.

9. What if I want to donate money to the library?
The library is a registered charity and offers tax receipts for cash donations to Canadian residents. If you wish to donate money to purchase a specific item for the library, we will be happy to work with you to accommodate your wish.

10. What about programs offered at your library?
Programs are free of charge and anyone can attend, regardless of whether or not you have a library card. Very rarely, a program will be offered where a very small fee is charged due to the need to purchase special supplies or ensure attendance.

11. What if I want to get a job at the library?
Employment opportunities are advertised in the Dryden Observer and on the City of Dryden website on the Human Resources Department page. We do not accept resumes and do not keep those that are sent to us.

12. What if I want to volunteer at the library?
We welcome volunteers at the library! We require that volunteers over the age of eighteen provide us with a current criminal record check. We are flexible when it comes to hours of work and duties, and welcome you to contact us for a volunteer interview.