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iPads for Loan

Borrow an iPad, explore the library-recommended apps, test out your productivity, even play a few games!

VPL offers circulating iPads that you can check out and take home to use. Check the iPads' availability information at VPL branches.
Loan Period: 7 Days
Late Fine: $2 per day

There are also kiosks at Civic Center Resource Library, Maple Library and Pleasant Ridge Library where you can borrow an iPad to use in the library. The loan period is 2 hours.

Notebooks

Notebooks are available for up to 2 hours loan, for in-library use.

Available at all VPL locations except Kleinburg Library.

Internet Access

All libraries have workstations which provide the public with free access to the Internet. While using the Internet in each of the branches, customers are expected to read and abide by the VPL Internet Policy. Customers can book a computer at the self-service reservation station at Dufferin Clark Library and Maple Library.

Wireless Internet Access

As long as your hardware complies to one of the standards that our wireless supports (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac) just open your computer or device and away you go! Available at all VPL branches.

Microsoft Office

All VPL locations provide free access to computers equipped with Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher and Powerpoint. The workstations are provided for the public on a self-serve basis. Library staff may provide limited assistance, if time permits, but are not able to provide training on the use of PCs or the software. Customers can book a computer at the self-service reservation station at Dufferin Clark Library and Maple Library.

In order to save their work, customers are encouraged to bring a USB drive, or purchase one from the library. Files cannot be saved to the computers' hard drives.

Vaughan Public Libraries assumes no responsibility for computer viruses that may have been introduced to the workstations.

Self Check Stations

Sign out library materials by yourself with your library card. Follow the step-by-step instructions on the screen to check out or renew your materials. When you are finished, you can choose to take the receipt which includes the due-dates.

Not available at Kleinburg Library.

Printing, Photocopy and Scanning

Printing and photocopy are available at all VPL locations. Using VPL's WebPrint site, customers can now send a print job from their laptop, Android devices and even home computer, and pick it up at any branch except Kleinburg Library.

  • Black & White - $0.10 (letter/legal)
  • Colour* - $0.40 (letter/legal)
  • Scan* - $0.05

*  Scanning, colour printing and colour photocopy are not available at Kleinburg Library.


Many VPL branches have meeting rooms available for use.
PDF Applicable Charges

PDF Application for use of meeting room

PDF Meeting room capacities

PDF Application for CSO status

PDF Operational Policy

If you would like to know more about this service, please contact your local branch at 905-653-READ (7323).

All Vaughan Public Libraries have space for quiet individual and group study. Some locations have additional facilities.

Drop-in quiet study rooms (no card required):

First-come, first-served group study rooms (valid library card required):

This is where we host our Children's Programs planned by library staff. Consult the What'sON Program Guide or call 905-653-READ (7323) for more information about programs.

Boardroom seats 18 people around the board table. The optional IT package includes a computer and projector. A small kitchenette is available upon request. Call 905-653-READ (7323) to inquire about rates and room availability.

Available at:

VPL believes in providing access to cultural opportunities in the community by making exhibit space available to artists and community groups. Interested groups are encouraged to submit a completed Application for Exhibit Space form to their preferred library location.

Applicants may be asked to submit samples of their work before approval. Exhibit space will be allocated based on availability and identification of suitable display space at the discretion of VPL.

Proctoring Examination Invigilation Guidelines

Proctoring service is available at Bathurst Clark Resource Library, Civic Centre Resource Library and Pierre Berton Resource Library. Please wait for a response from your selected location before confirming the exam with your institution. VPL charges $25.00 per exam, and this $25.00 fee does not include material or courier costs.

  1. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the library directly to inquire about the availability of proctoring services. The specific date, time and place of the exam must be confirmed at least three weeks in advance.
  2. Exams must be proctored during library business hours. Exams must be completed half an hour before closing.
  3. The student must complete an application form and submit it to the library for approval. A librarian will proctor an exam only if the application has been approved.
  4. The examination package must be sent from the issuing institution directly to the library one week prior to the exam date.
  5. The library will not accommodate an exam if it cannot meet operational conditions outlined by the Institution.
  6. The library will not be liable for any missing items, papers, samples or other documents related to the exam.
  7. The library will not accommodate an exam that requires specialized procedures such as the downloading of software to library's computers.
  8. Students who require a proctor for an online exam must provide and use a laptop computer. Written guidelines for online exams must be included in the examination package provided by the issuing institution.
  9. The student is responsible for any incidental or additional expenses such as courier fees or postage charges.
  10. The library will not provide reminders or notifications for an approved exam. It is the responsibility of the student to arrive fifteen (15) minutes prior to the start of the exam.

If you would like to know more about this service, please contact your local branch at 905-653-READ (7323).


Available Exam Proctoring location and time:

Bathurst Clark Resource Library

  • Mondays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Tuesdays, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Fridays, 10:00am – 1:00 pm
  • Fridays, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Sundays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Civic Centre Resource Library

  • Tuesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Thursdays, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Saturdays, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Sundays, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Pierre Berton Resource Library

  • Mondays, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Mondays, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Tuesdays, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Wednesdays, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Wednesdays, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Thursdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Thursdays, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Memory Lab @ Woodbridge Library

Analog to digital conversion is available at Woodbridge Library. Have home movies on VHS? An assortment of slides? A box of old recipes hidden away? Don't just store your favourite collections - enjoy them!

Thanks to funding provided by the Government of Ontario, Woodbridge Library is proud to offer digital preservation and transfer equipment, along with the necessary instruction, to bring life and use to all of your cherished memories.

With the Memory Lab you can...

  • Turn photos, film and slides into high resolution files to be enlarged and restored.
  • Capture analog video to a computer or mobile device.
  • Easily transfer cassette tapes into digital files.
  • Use a handheld scanner for other objects like scrapbooks, recipes and more.

The Memory Lab is available at Woodbridge Library to all library members on a first come first served basis, no reservations necessary. Digital files can be burned to a disc, saved to a USB key or external hard drive or uploaded to an online file sharing site. Customers are asked to bring their own media for saving on. For more information contact Woodbridge Library at 905-653-READ (7323) or speak to staff at the Service Desk.

VPL members may borrow book chat sets for their book clubs.

There is a wide variety of book chat sets available for different age groups and in selected non-English languages. Book chat sets are available for an extended loan period of four weeks. To borrow book chat sets, your book club needs to register as a VPL Community Book Club.

Registration of Community Book Club

Your book club should designate a representative to register the club. This designee must be eligible to obtain an adult membership card. To register, the designee should submit the Community Book Club Registration Form.

Responsibilities of Community Book Club Designees

  • You will be your book club's contact person
  • You will be the only person to reserve book chat sets for your club;
  • You will be notified by VPL of the availability of the book chat set for the specific period that you request for your book club;
  • You are responsible for arranging with your fellow book club members on how, when and where the books to be picked up and returned;
  • You will notify VPL if your book club cancels the booking of a specific book chat set.

Your registration information will be kept on file for the purposes of running the Community Book Club service.

Reserving Book Chat Sets for Community Book Clubs

The English book chat sets are divided into four lists:

VPL also hosts a collection of book chat sets in selected non-English languages (French, Chinese, and Hindi). Please contact VPL information staff to find out more about these book chat sets.

Community book club representatives should reserve the book chat sets on the website by completing the following steps:

  1. Click on one of the book chat set lists above and select a title
  2. Click the “reserve” button and submit the Booking a Book Chat Set for Community Book Club Form

A VPL information staff will follow up with your request.

Here is the relevant information you need for booking book chat sets for your book club:

  • Indicate the name of the book chat set, number of copies you want to borrow, and the VPL branch for pick-up.
  • You will be notified by VPL of the availability of the book chat set for the specific period that you request for your book club.
  • You are responsible for arranging with your book club members on how, when, and where the books to be picked up and returned. You can check out the whole book chat set on behalf of your club or have individual members of your club pick up their copy. When you or the individual group members pick up the book, you/they will be asked to present a valid library membership card, the name of the book club, and the title of the book chat set.

Homebound Access

Homebound people often rely on their spouse or caregiver, friends, or neighbours, to bring them materials from the library. VPL makes it easier for anyone who borrows library materials on behalf of a homebound person. The homebound person will be issued a VPL membership card that will be linked to the Homebound services on the Library's computer system. The homebound library user will then have access through their spouse, neighbour, or other nominee to the following services:

  • Longer loan periods
  • No Fines or overdue items
  • Flexibility in day, time, and frequency of visits
  • Record of homebound borrower's Reading Preferences
  • Printed list of borrowed items
  • Rating system to assist those selecting materials
  • Qualified Library staff to assist with selection of materials

If you would like to know more about this service, please contact your local branch at 905-653-READ (7323).

If you would like to be a Homebound Delivery Volunteer, you can fill in the application form here and bring it to your local branch.

Homebound Delivery

Homebound individuals who do not have someone on whom they can rely to check materials out for them, can have the library brought to them. Qualified volunteers will deliver materials to your doorstep. This service can be used temporarily or on a permanent basis and is free of charge. Applications are available online. For those wishing to use the Homebound Delivery Service or know someone who could benefit, please contact your local branch at 905-653-READ (7323).

Interlibrary Loan (ILLO) is a service that allows library customers to access materials that are not owned by Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) from other library systems. If you have checked the VPL catalogue, and the item is not there, we will try to get the item for you from another library system in Ontario.

There are two ways to access this service:

  1. Register through the VPL website for an account to search the Ontario Library Services ZPortal database and place orders yourself.
  2. Library staff can place your request for you. Visit any of our locations, or contact us by phone (905-653-7323) or email.

Ontario Library Service ZPortal

To search and place ILLO requests yourself:

  • Complete the registration form below.
  • ILLO staff will respond within 3 business days with your new user ID and password.
  • Access the Info Ontario ZPortal.
  • Search for the item you wish to borrow, and place a request.

ILLO is available for items that are:

  • Not owned by Vaughan Public Libraries.
  • More than 12 months old. If you are looking for a new item that VPL does not own, please suggest an item for purchase.
  • In book format. Most Ontario library systems do not lend DVDs, BLU-Rays, Audiobooks, Kits, CDs through ILLO.

Please see the ILLO Guide and FAQ for more information.


Registration Form

Centre for Equitable Library Access Collection

Vaughan Public Libraries offers a collection of over 230,000 books, magazines, newspapers and described videos in a choice of formats for people with a print disability.

  • Lots of choice including current bestsellers, award-winners and classics
  • Fiction, non-fiction, self-help, business and more
  • Books for kids, teens and adults
  • Books in audio, braille or accessible e-book formats
  • Download books or receive home delivery by mail

Eligibility

Access to the CELA collection is available to people who are unable to read conventional print due to a disability, which includes:

  • Learning disability: an impairment relating to comprehension
  • Physical disability: the inability to hold or manipulate a book
  • Visual disability: severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one's eyes

How to sign up for CELA

To set up an account with CELA, please ask staff at the Service Desk for assistance. VPL membership is also required.

Library customers who have a valid library card may also register themselves for CELA service at signup.celalibrary.ca.

Customers need not provide proof of disability when registering for CELA Services.

After customers complete the self-registration process, they will receive a link which has full details of how CELA works and how to access assistance.

Access to the collection is offered in a number of ways

  • Download books to your computer or mobile device, such as an iPhone
  • Download books to a DAISY player over a wireless connection without using a computer
  • Receive audio CDs, Braille or described movies through your local branch or by mail directly to your home.

The CELA website can be found at: www.celalibrary.ca

Accessible Summer Reading Club

No matter how you read or how you play TD Summer Reading Club is accessible for everyone! This summer SRC materials will be accessible through a collection of daisy discs relating to this year's Summer Reading Club theme available at all eight branches of Vaughan Public Libraries.

Library customers who have a valid library card may also register themselves for CELA service at signup.celalibrary.ca.

Each Vaughan Public Library will receive a mini deposit of "Play" themed DAISY discs from CELA in English and French. These are in addition to previous years' DAISY discs and the wide range of junior audio-books available all year round.

Parents and Educators

Does your child struggle with the written word? Do you want to help them get ahead?

VPL and CELA have teamed up to make reading accessible for everyone. If your child has a learning, sight or physical disability that makes reading a conventional book difficult please read on.

CELA offers a service that connects you with audio materials that make the stories and reading experience fulfilling for your child. CELA has a large library of books on MP3. In addition CELA uses DAISY disc technology that makes browsing an audio book with a DAISY player easy.

Your Library card gives you free access to CELA's services. One of our librarians will be happy to take you through the set up process at the Service Desk. If you want to use the internet to borrow books it takes just a few minutes in person or on the phone to register. CELA can also deliver discs to your door. The set up with a VPL librarian takes a little longer but the service is great! We can even recommend books your children might want to listen to!

Did you know VPL also has a large selection of audio books for children from early child hood into the teen years and beyond in every branch? Visit us to see what we have to offer in addition to your CELA audiobooks.