Get A Library Card

Visit your nearest branch to sign up for a library card, your passport to borrow from the library’s collection of books, magazines, DVDs and e-resources. Library cards are issued free of charge.

Adults & Young Adults
Circulation Policy
Responsibilities of the Borrower
Parent/Guardian Responsibilities
Statement on Intellectual Freedom
What if I lose my card?

Adults & Young Adults

Adults may obtain a card by bringing photo identification to the library which states their name and current address. Students or temporary CM residents will need to bring additional identification showing a permanent home address.


Children can have their own library card which their parent/guardian must sign for. The parent/guardian is responsible for all material and charges on their child’s card.


Non-residents may also join the Library at no charge. We have a reciprocal borrowing agreements with the Otonabee-South Monaghan Public Library and the City of Kawartha Lakes Public Libraries.

Circulation Policy:

The Cavan Monaghan Library Board supports a policy of full access to library material as follows:

All materials in the collection may be used by anyone regardless of age.

This policy recognizes that individuals mature socially and in reading comprehension at varying rates, and therefore, have varying needs for information. This policy also recognizes that parents wish to monitor, by their own family standards, what their children read and that the Library’s role is to be a neutral provider of materials for selection by the borrowers. The Library’s responsibility remains that of purchasing carefully to meet the widest range of our patrons needs.

Responsibilities of the borrower:

  1. To be responsible for all materials borrowed on their card, including payment of fines or charges incurred.
  2. To present borrower’s card each time Library material is borrowed.
  3. To notify the Library promptly of any change of address or loss of borrower’s card.
  4. To observe all rules of the Library.

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities:

  1. To ensure that their children observe the rules of the Library.
  2. To monitor their children’s selection of library material according to their own family standards.

Statement on Intellectual Freedom

The library endorses the Canadian Library Association Statement on Intellectual Freedom.

Libraries have a basic responsibility for the development and maintenance of intellectual freedom.

It is the responsibility of libraries to guarantee and facilitate access to all expressions of knowledge and intellectual activity, including those of which some elements of society may consider to be unconventional, unpopular or unacceptable. To this end, libraries shall acquire and make available the widest variety of materials.

It is the responsibility of libraries to guarantee the right of free expression by making available all of the library’s public facilities and services to all individuals and groups who need them.

Libraries should resist all efforts to limit the exercise of these responsibilities while recognizing the right of criticism by individuals and groups.

What if I lose my library card?

Don’t worry, you can replace your card for $1.00. Please be reminded that borrowers are responsible for all material checked out on their library card, and the library recommends that you:

  • Do not lend your card to anyone
  • Do not check items out for someone else
  • Notify the library immediately if your card is lost or stolen

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