Borrowing Guide

Get a Library Card

Morinville Community Library serves the communities of Morinville, Sturgeon County and Alexander. 

If you live outside of  Northern Lights Library System (NLLS) boundaries, please attend your local library for membership. If you live within NLLS boundaries, we suggest going to your local library, but you are still welcome to get your library card here if you prefer. 

Apply for a
library card now

Applying online will give you 3 weeks to come in to Morinville Community Library to complete the application process, which includes: payment, showing valid ID, and obtaining your card. 

Annual Membership fees 

Family (includes all members of household)


Adult (18-64) 


Youth (6-17) 




Non-Resident Fee (Town of Legal, Sandy Beach) 

Per household or institution: $70.00 

Note that non-resident memberships have access to Morinville Community Library items only. Please see the front desk for details or call us at 780-939-3292.
Rate change effective March 10, 2022 

What ID is Required 

  • Valid photo ID with current residence
  • Please bring proof of residency, such as a utility bill (if your photo ID does not show current address) 

Method of Payment 

We accept cash, cheque, debit, Visa or Mastercard. 

If you are financially strained and need support to obtain a library card, please call the library or ask at the front desk. 

Temporary Residents 

Temporary residents do not have a permanent address in Morinville or Sturgeon County and may include family members visiting over a period of months, Sandy Beach summer residents, workers on temporary contracts, and others. If you are not sure whether you qualify for a temporary library card, please call the library or ask at the front desk. 

A temporary card requires an upfront deposit of $24.00. $2.00/month will be deducted from the deposit. At the end of your stay, the cardholder can return to the library and be refunded the unused portion of the deposit. 

Replacement Cards 

If you have lost your library card, you can get a replacement by presenting your identification and requesting a new one at the library front desk. 

Adult/Institutional Card: $2.00 

Youth/Children/Seniors: $1.50 

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Borrowing Basics

There are no limits on the number of items you can borrow at one time, but please remember that you are responsible for all overdue charges. Note that loan times may be different for materials borrowed from libraries other than MCL.


Books, audiobooks, magazines 3 weeks 2 renewals
Movies, Music CDs 1 week 2 renewals
TV series 3 weeks No renewals


Renewals add the same amount of time as the original loan, starting from when the renewal took place. Log into your account to renew items in your account, or call the library during operating hours and request a renewal.

An item can only be renewed if it has not been requested elsewhere.
We cannot guarantee that you will be able to renew an item.

Overdue Charges

All overdue items: 25¢ per item per day. Note that overdue fines may be different for materials libraries other than MCL material.

Access to items will be restricted when your account reaches $10.00 or more in fines. Keep your library card active and pay down a portion of your fine to under $10.00. Any balance must be paid before you renew your membership for another year.

Damaged Item Charges

  • If an item is severely damaged while on your library account,
    you will be charged for the replacement cost of the item
  • Library staff will check for damage before checking out an item to you,
    but please check yourself before taking the item home
  • Inform library staff if you notice anything out of order
  • Library staff cannot accept replacements, even if identical,
    without first having the replacement approved
  • Please inform library staff if you have damaged an item
    and we will work with you to find an appropriate solution

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Library Card Benefits

Library Materials

Your library card allows you to borrow and take home materials in a variety of languages, age ranges, and formats. Search the TRAC Catalogue for items that are available now at MCL. Items that are on our shelves will show as "Local Availability: 1 (of 1)".

Online Services and eResources

Use your library card to access your library account online. Using your library username (barcode) and PIN, view your checkouts, renew items, place and cancel holds, view your reading history, and create and save personalized booklists.

Please note: Non-resident cardholders have restricted access. For more information, please call the library at 780-939-3292

Your library card also gives you access to our many e-Resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, language learning, car repair resources and more!  


MCL is part of the Northern Lights Library System (NLLS). NLLS is a member of a larger group of Alberta libraries called TRAC (The Regional Automation Consortium). When you search the TRAC catalogue, you are also searching the collections of over 200 member libraries in Alberta.

Place a hold on these items with your library login and they will be transferred to MCL, or the library location of your choice, at your convenience. The items can then be returned at MCL or any other TRAC library.


  • Each TRAC library sets its own loan periods and overdue fines. They may be different from those at MCL.
  • The amount of time to receive your hold can vary based on factors such as the popularity of your item, the staffing available at the library sending the item, and the  amount of items available in the system. 

Tutorials on how to use the TRAC online system




ME Libraries

Cardholders can access materials at Alberta libraries that are not part of TRAC (for example St. Albert or Edmonton Public Libraries), by connecting their library card through ME Libraries. The card can then be used to take out physical items from these libraries.

Limitations to ME Libraries:

  • ME Library cards cannot give access to e-Resources of the connected library.
  • Some libraries may have limits on the number of items that can be borrowed with a ME library card; please check with the library you wish to borrow from.

Tutorial and information on the ME Library system

ME Libraries FAQs

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