Borrowing Information

Important Update

The Innisfil ideaLAB & Library does not charge overdue fines on books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs, Blu-Rays, and games. We know that you do your best to bring things back before the due date, but sometimes life gets in the way.


Library membership is free to anyone who: lives in Innisfil year-round, owns property in Innisfil, works or attends school in Innisfil, or owns/runs a business in Innisfil.

In order to obtain a library card, bring one piece of identification containing proof of current address to any one of our branches.

The Library has reciprocal borrowing agreements with New Tecumseth, Bradford West Gwillimbury and Essa Township.  Residents of these municipalities are also eligible for free membership with proof of residency.

Proof of school attendance or of employment within the Town is required for free membership for non-residents.

Non-Resident Fee
  •  1 Year Membership – $60 per household per year
  •  6 Month Membership – $35 per household
  •  3 Month Membership – $25 per household
10 Reasons to Get an ideaLAB & Library Card
  1. Borrow just-released bestsellers
  2. Special programming for adults
  3. Free skills development classes
  4. Programming for kids of all ages
  5. Free Internet & computers
  6. Popular blockbuster movies and music
  7. Access to the HackLAB and Digital Media Lab
  8. Best search engine: your librarian!
  9. The Library system is open 5 days a week and accessible online 24/7
  10. It’s All Free!
Replace Lost or Stolen Cards

If you lose your library card, let us know as soon as possible, and we will freeze the account.  Visit any branch for a $5.00 replacement card.
Call any branch for assistance at 705-431-7410:

  • Cookstown
  • Lakeshore
  • Stroud
Borrowing from Your Library

Innisfil ideaLAB & Library has a large collection of books, DVDs, digital resources, video games, and magazines you can borrow for free.

Go to our website to browse through our Library Collections.

Customers may make suggestions for purchase for those items that we don’t carry.  Please visit staff at the information desk for more information.

Loan Periods
Books3 weeks
Audiobooks (CD Format)3 weeks
CDs3 weeks
e-Books1-3 weeks dependent on platform
Downloadable Audio1-3 weeks
Magazines1 week
TV Series on DVD3 weeks
DVDs, BluRay & Games1 week
Library of Things Items1-3 weeks, depending on the item type
Placing a Hold

You may place holds on nearly all Library materials. We will contact you by phone, text, or email when items are ready for pick-up. We will keep all books, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, and games for 7 days. If you do not pick up your holds, they are passed on to the next person who has put them on hold or returned to the shelves. If you are unable to pick up your holds within the time period, you may request the items again.

Automatic Renewals

Most library materials may be renewed three (3) times. Video Games, Blu-ray and DVDs may only be renewed one (1) time. Some specialty items cannot be renewed.

Items that are eligible for renewal will be automatically renewed 2 days prior to the due date. If you receive email or text notifications, you will be notified that the item was automatically renewed. When an item cannot be renewed, you will be notified and asked to return it on time.

When won’t items be automatically renewed?

  • There is a hold on the item 
  • The item has already been renewed the maximum number of times 
  • Your account has more than $25 in fees on it
  • The item is non-renewable
Renew Online or at the Library

To Renew Online:

Login to your online account with your library card number and PIN.

To Renew at the Library:

Bring your card to the library and use the self-checkout machines to renew or visit staff at the information desk.

You will NOT be able to renew if:

  • There is a hold on the item
  • You have reached the maximum amount of renewals
  • If you have more than $25 in fees

Library service is free for anyone who lives or works in Innisfil, unless materials are returned damaged, or lost. Items which are 3 weeks overdue are considered lost, and replacement charges applied to the account.

For further information, please consult Schedule B within the Borrowing Policy for information on replacement charges.

Overdue Fines

The Innisfil ideaLAB & Library does not charge overdue fines on books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs, Blu-Rays, and games. We know that you do your best to bring things back before the due date, but sometimes life gets in the way. That shouldn’t mean you can’t use your Library. Overdue fines do still apply to some items in our Library of Things collection, such as robots, audio equipment, and toys.

We ask that you do your best to return materials on time because other people may be waiting for them. When items are 3 weeks late, you’ll be billed for the replacement fee. Bring them back before they’re 6 weeks late, and the replacement fees will disappear: you won’t owe anything.

See our Fine Free FAQs page for more information

Overdue Notification

You are responsible for returning Library materials on time. If you are set up for email or text notifications, we’ll send you a reminder three days before the due date. Please speak with Library staff if you are interested in activating email or text notifications for your account.

Lost or Damaged Materials

Lost/damaged materials are billed at rates established by the Innisfil Public Library Board. Payment for lost or damaged materials is NOT refundable. Please do not purchase replacement items as they will not be accepted by the Library.

For further information, please consult Schedule B within the Borrowing Policy for information on replacement charges.

Returning Library Materials

You can return materials borrowed from the Library to any of our four locations, regardless of which one you borrowed them from. There are drop boxes available for your convenience, and so you can return materials when the Library is closed.