The former head of a rural Saskatchewan library system has pleaded guilty to fraud about $500,000 worth, according to the Crown.

Bruce David Cameron, former director of the Wheatland Regional Library, entered the plea Wednesday in a Saskatoon court.

The fraud consisted of taking library money in an elaborate book-buying scam.

Cameron left court with his face hidden by the hood of a green windbreaker. Reporters asked him questions, but he didn't reply.

According to Crown prosecutor Gary Parker, about $500,000 was involved and the money has been paid back. Defence lawyer Andrew Mason said the details of what Cameron did will be discussed in court later.

Cameron will be back in court on Aug. 27 for sentencing. The RCMP charged him with fraud last summer.

The judge has ordered a report into sentencing options, including a non-jail sentence.

The Wheatland Regional Library has its headquarters in Saskatoon and provides services to dozens of surrounding rural communities.