As a publicly-funded institution the Library provides no-fee membership privileges to residents of the Town of Boissevain and the Rural Municipality of Morton. (The library is partially funded through a municipal tax levy in Boissevain and Morton.) Residents of other jurisdictions in the Southwest region that support a public library are also entitled to memberships in Boissevain. For residents of jurisdictions not supporting a public library a non-resident family membership is set at $50.00 per year.
Our borrowing period is three weeks with renewals accepted over the phone. Our videos have a one week borrowing period, and a $3.00 (per week) user fee. Fines for late returns of videos are set at $1.00 per day past due. We do not have a fine for late return of items other than videos. (However we do ask that you contribute to our late return jar on a voluntary basis for any items (other than videos) returned late to the library.)
Boissevain Library participates in an ongoing book rotation program with several other public libraries in Southwestern Manitoba. This provides our patrons with access to large blocks of new books every six months. Current rotation books are displayed with a yellow strip on the spine.
If we are unable to provide you with a book from our own collection, we can often order it in from another Manitoba library through an Interlibrary Loan (ILL). ILL’s are done through the Manitoba Public Libraries Union Catalogue (MAPLIN). If you have ordered a book through MAPLIN you will be phoned by a Library staff member when your book is in so that you can come and pick it up.
if you wish to search MAPLIN yourself from home please register for a patron account at this site.
If the title is not available we will try to locate it somewhere in Canada through the use of AMICUS. Please be advised that some libraries do charge to borrow from their collection, especially if we have to access from other provinces.Â You would be advised if you wanted to proceed if a charge would be incurred.
Please remember we cannot make requests magically appear. If you know you will be needing a title for something specific please give us some advance warning. Its usually about a week to 10 days but it may be longer if there are other requests in the queue. Many libraries will not lend newer titles due to demand in the area they serve.
If you are trying to research a topic for a school paper please ask as we have access to electronic sources such as ebscohost.