Circulation Policy: Loan Periods & Fines

Library cards are FREE for Residents of the Town of Smiths Falls and Township of Montague.
Non-Resident Membership Fees: $55.00 annually or $11/month
Replacement library card: $3.00

Books: 3 weeks
DVDs: 1 week

Library material can be returned to the circulation desk during regular library hours or deposited in the drop box located at the rear of the building on Elmsley St.

If something you want is checked out, you can put it on hold. To place a hold, you can call or email the library, or log into your account via and place a hold online. You will be notified by phone or email once the item is ready. Items on reserve will be held for 3 days after notification.

You can renew library material in person, by phone or online if you need it for longer. Renewal periods are for the same amount of time as the initial loan period. Library items that are on reserve for someone else cannot be renewed.

Replacement Fees: A patron will be charged the cost of the item as indicated in the database for lost or damaged material.

Adult books: 25 cents / day
Children’s books: 10 cents / day
Grace period: 1 day
DVDs: $1.25 / day

Fines are counted on open days only.

Please don’t misuse or abuse your service. It is our pleasure to serve the patrons of the Smiths Falls Public Library. Please treat our materials, equipment and staff with the care and respect we afford our patrons.

Your borrowing privileges may be suspended if you:

  1. Repeatedly damage or deface books, equipment, or library property
  2. Make repeated requests for replacement of equipment or materials that have been damaged through carelessness, abuse, or unauthorized repair
  3. Have a large number of overdue books or magazines, or repeatedly lose books and magazines
  4. Repeatedly use obscene, harassing, degrading or threatening language or behaviour to any library staff member(s) or patron
  5. Repeatedly loan books, magazines, or equipment to other persons
  6. Ignore other policies described in this document

If it appears that you have misused the library’s service in any way, our staff will first discuss the problem with you by telephone or in person. The library will then send you a letter that states the problem and provides an opportunity for you to respond by a certain date.

To avoid suspension, you must contact the library before the scheduled suspension date and be prepared to explain why suspension should not take place. If misuse of service continues or happens repeatedly, library staff will send a notice suspending your service.

The suspension period will not exceed six months and will only affect that portion of the service that has been abused. Service will resume after the suspension ends. You will be notified by mail that your service will be returning to normal.