Library Membership

Library membership is free to people who live in the Town of Hanover, own a business in the Town of Hanover or pay property taxes to the Town of Hanover.

COVID-19 response – while we are closed, we will allow phone, email or online membership registration for short term memberships so you can use our online resources. These are for anyone who would normally qualify for a resident or non-resident membership, i.e. living in or visiting Grey Bruce area. Free to anyone, Hanover resident or not.
We will also extend existing memberships that have expired. Just call us.

How to get a Digital library Membership

During COVID-19 closure period we can offer digital cards:
These memberships are for digital resources only; no physical materials can be borrowed. We will register new members by phone, email or online self-registration.  No ID required, and as long as we are closed, no fees. Digital memberships are for 3 months (while we are closed).

Go to our online Koha catalogue and look for the Login section. Below that, find “Don’t have an account? Register here.”

How to get a library card


Please bring two pieces of identification with you to sign up for a library membership. One piece must be valid photo ID that shows who you are. The other piece must show where you live, such as a recent utility bill or tax bill that is dated within the last two months.

Children (birth-12 years)

Children ages 12 and under must be signed up by a parent or guardian using valid photo and address ID.

Teens 13 +

Teens aged 13 and over may sign up by themselves. Bring one piece of ID (preferably with photo) such as a student card, and one piece of address ID such as a piece of mail addressed to you.

I don’t live in Hanover. Can I still have a library card?

Yes. You are welcome to join our library! Anyone who lives outside of Hanover’s town limits can get a membership here, however you must pay a non-resident fee. See current fees:

If you own property in the Town of Hanover or you own a business in the Town of Hanover you are eligible for a free membership. Please bring a current Town of Hanover tax bill or your business documents with you, as will as valid photo ID and proof of your home address.

You do not need a library membership to visit the library, read books in the library, use the computers or wifi, or attend library events and programmes. Please see our Policies page for more details.

Why is there a non-resident fee?

Public libraries in Ontario receive over 90% of their operating budget from the city, town, municipality or county in which they are located. Residents of the Town of Hanover receive free memberships to the Hanover Public Library because their municipal tax dollars support the library. Therefore, if you pay your taxes to the Municipality of West Grey your money supports the West Grey Library System and you can join there for free. Likewise, If you live in Bruce County, your county taxes support the Bruce County Library System and you are able to join any branch of Bruce County Library System for free. Hanover Public Library is funded by a smaller population compared with either of those systems, and does not have enough resources to provide services for everyone wishing to have a membership.

How did we decide the fee for non-residents?

We calculate the membership fee each year for non-residents by dividing the Town of Hanover’s contribution to our annual operating budget by the total number of residents in Hanover. That way each non-resident person who chooses to join our library pays the same to use it as all Hanover residents have already paid. Please see the fee schedule for the current non-resident fee. Please direct any concerns about provision of library services to your local municipal government.

Thank you for your understanding.

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