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Checkout & Renewal of Materials

You must present your library card to check out materials.  

For more information, see Getting a Library Card.

Loan Periods
Borrowing Limits
Overdue Materials
Lost, Stolen or Damaged Material

Loan Periods

The standard loan period is 28 days, with the following exceptions:

  • Highly requested material is loaned for 7 to 14 days, depending on length.

  • Audio-Visual material is loaned for 7 to 14 days, depending on format (see below.)

  • Holiday material in season is loaned for 7 days.

  • Magazines are loaned for 7 days.

  • Branch loan periods may vary by location.

Borrowing Limits
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There is no limit on the number of books that can be checked out at one time.

You may view your current checkouts at any time by clicking on “View Your Record” from the library homepage and entering your library barcode number as prompted. 

Audio-visual materials are limited as follows:

  • no limit on VHS videos for 7 days
  • 4 DVDs for  7 days
  • 4 compact discs  for  7 days
  • 2 language sets  for 14 days
  • 4 audio books on CD for 14 days
  • From the Main Library's collection,
    no limit on books on tape for 14 days
  • From Branch Library collections,
    four audio books total for 14 days, whether on tape or CD.

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Your library card is required to renew materials.  

Books may be renewed twice and audio-visual materials may be renewed once.  However, if someone else is waiting for an item and has placed a hold on it, that item will not be renewed.

You may renew your items by calling the library's circulation desk at 269-1915.

You can renew items online by using the “View Your Record” function in the library catalog. .  

Overdue Materials
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The late charge is 25 cents per day for each overdue item.  This charge is the same for any type of material.

If the maximum late charge has been reached, no additional daily charge will be added.

The maximum late charge for a children's book is $1.00.  The maximum late charge for an adult book is $5.00.  The maximum late charge for any audiovisual item is $10.00.

Late charges can be avoided by renewing or returning your material by the due date.

Lost, Stolen or Damaged Materials
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Charges for lost, stolen and irreparably damaged materials will include the replacement cost of the item plus a non-refundable processing fee of $5.00.

Lost materials with a value of $15.00 or more that are returned with a receipt within three months may qualify for a refund. 

Patron replacement of library materials will be accepted if, and only if, the item is the exact title, edition and format of the lost material.