FAQs - Library Service and COVID-19

We are offering in person service at all locations! 

Hope to see you soon.

Hours Of Operation:

Monday & Tuesday 9:30 am - 8 pm
Wednesday to Saturday 9:30 am - 5 pm

County Park
Monday to Wednesday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Thursday 12:30 pm - 8 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday Closed

Monday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday 9:30 am - 8 pm
Thursday & Friday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Saturday Closed

Mary J.L. Black
Monday & Tuesday 9:30 am - 5 pm
Wednesday & Thursday 9:30 am - 8 pm
Friday & Saturday 9:30 am - 5 pm


  • The Library continues to offer virtual service 24/7, including access to online collections and programs at www.tbpl.ca
  • The Library is loaning technology devices and free unlimited WiFi access to teens and adults.
  • Visit the Library website at www.tbpl.ca for more information or call us at 345-8275. Find us on social media @TBayPL
  • Masks are recommended to be worn.
  • Physical distancing is still recommended.
  • Curbside service will be offered for those who do not feel comfortable coming inside the library without a mask.
    Call staff at 345-8275 to access this service at the location of your preference.

Frequently Asked Questions - 2022

What will be available when I visit the Library in person?

  • Browsing of the collection
  • Internet stations on a first come, first served basis
  • Printing, photocopying, faxing and scanning with staff assistance
  • Assistance in accessing vaccine passports & printing
  • Battery recycling
  • Reader’s Advisory
  • Home Service Delivery
  • Inter-library Loan
  • Get a new library card or renew your card
  • Pick up holds and return items

When is library service available?

Library hours are listed at the top of this page.
Library locations are closed on all statutory holidays and any holidays declared by the Federal, Provincial or Municipal government.

What safety measures will be in place? 
Patrons will be expected to follow the code of conduct/behaviour policy.  There will be zero tolerance for any violations of the code of conduct.

What is a hold? 

A ‘hold’ is created when an item has been reserved for a specific library member. Go to search.tbpl.ca to search our online catalogue. 

How do I pick up my hold? 

  • You will receive the usual hold pick up notification via email or telephone 
  • Once you have received a phone call or email about your hold, you can pick up at the confirmed location during hours of operation. Look for signage and directional information at all locations. Staff will ask for a library card or ID. 

How long will you keep my holds for me to pick up? 

After you’ve been notified that the hold is available, we will keep the item reserved for pick up for six days. After six days, the item(s) will be returned to the shelf or will be offered to the next person who has it on hold. 

How do I place a hold if I don’t have a computer? 

You can call the Library at 345-8275 (choose the location that you want to connect to) during hours of operation to request up to five titles to be placed on hold. 

Can I pick up holds for everyone in my family at once? 

Yes, please bring all library cards or identification with you when doing the pick up. 

Can I pick up holds for my neighbour or friend? 

Yes. Arrange to get their card or identification and you can pick up their holds.

Can I pick up Book Club bags? 

Yes, book clubs in a bag are now available. 

Can I request an inter-library loan? 

Yes, please call or email any branch to request an item, or complete the form online at tbpl.ca/interlibraryloan

Can I get Home Service deliveries at this time? 

This service is now being offered on a monthly basis, as usual. 

Can I phone the Library with questions?

Library staff are taking calls at 345-8275 (choose the branch that you’d like to connect with) during hours of operation. 

What is the process for getting printing, photocopying, faxing or scanning completed?

TBPL offers faxing, copying, printing and scanning services for a small fee as of February 6, 2023

Printing/Copy/Fax/Scan fees:

Black and white Printing/Copying $0.25 per copy

Colour Printing/Copying $0.50 per copy

Faxing Long Distance $1.00 (no page limit - flat rate)

Scanning no cost

  • Where: All locations
  • When: During hours of operation

Drop by with your USB stick or documents and we will fax, copy, scan or print them for you.

You may also email documents or requests to 

brodie@tbpl.ca    waverley@tbpl.ca     mjlb@tbpl.ca     cpark@tbpl.ca

Please let us know what you require, and we'll email you back when they're ready for pick up.

  • Documents cannot be edited or modified by staff.

Is in person programming available?
Yes, we are now offering in person programming at all locations.  Visit our online calendar  for a schedule

What kinds of online programming are being offered? Where can I find more information and a schedule? 

Follow us on social media @TBayPL and check out our online calendar for updates and current programming offered. 

Programming is also available on our YouTube channel @TBayPL

Can I sign up for a library card/renew my library card? 

Yes, you can obtain a card by sending us an email at comments@tbpl.ca - please include your name, address, date of birth, and phone number.

Cards can also be obtained in person, or by calling us at 345-8275

eService Cards can also be obtained online at this link.

Who do I sign into My Library Card online?

Visit https://search.tbpl.ca/iii/encore/myaccount to sign in.

Will I be charged overdue fines for late returns? 

No, we eliminated overdue fines for everyone at the beginning of 2020. We have also cleared all library accounts of overdue fees and charges as of May 31, 2021

What's available for online access (ebooks, databases, etc)? 

The Digital Library page of our website will guide you to everything currently available online. There are also some incredible Online Activities you can access from home! Plus there is great information throughout the Library's website about Government & Legal Information, Local History & Genealogy, and more. 

Can I book library meeting spaces? 

We began to accept bookings for Library meeting spaces as of April 1 for meetings or events that are set to take place after May 1, 2022

Where can I find reliable info about COVID-19? 

Reliable information can be found through the Government of Canada, Government of Ontario, World Health Organization, and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. Watch out for misinformation and scams.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Library Catalogue

How do I log in to your system to renew books and place holds?
  • From any page on our web site, click on "LIBRARY CARD" on the top right of the screen, and enter your library card number (under the lines on the front of your card...it starts with 29341)
  • if this is your first time logging in, enter your PHONE NUMBER (with the area code and dashes...for example: 807-123-4567), or your birth date
  • you will then be prompted to “Please enter a new PIN“
  • type in something that is easy for you to remember (at least four characters long, can be letters and numbers)
  • the next time you log in, you will need to use your PIN, not your phone number

I forgot my PIN -- help!

  • don't panic, click the "Forgot your PIN" on the Library Card log in screen, fill in the information asked for, and if you have an email address in your patron record you'll receive an email right away with instructions for how to change your PIN
  • if you don't have an email address and forget your PIN we can go into your record and delete it for you, then you can log in again using your phone number or birth date, and then set a new PIN;
    your PIN shows up in your record in an encrypted format, so staff cannot simply tell you what it is, but they are able to delete it and that allows you to set a new PIN

I have some books on hold, and I'm worried they will come in when I'm on vacation.

  •  don't worry...simply call any Community Hub and ask to be moved down the hold list

Can I save a list of books and movies that I want to put on hold in the future?

  • yes! 
  • when you find something you would like to save, use the "put in book cart" button
  • when you're done, view your book cart
  • you can then save to a disc, email yourself the list, or create and name a list to save in your "My Library Card" account
  • then, you can use that list for future reference

If you have any further questions which have not been answered here, please don't hesitate to contact the Library by email to comments@tbpl.ca or use this form.


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