Loan Periods

Your Library card lets you borrow items from both Library locations. We currently have over 240,000 items in our collection, including:

We also lend out a variety of technology and Maker items, including:

You can also access library resources right from home with your Library card, including:

Loan periods, item limits, renewals, and holds
ItemLoan periodItems per cardRenewalsHolds

Bestseller books

7 days

Unlimited

0

No

Book club in a bag

42 days

1

0

Yes*

Books

21 days

Unlimited

3

Yes

Books on CD/Playaway

21 days

12

3

Yes

CDs

21 days

Unlimited

3

Yes

CloudLibrary audiobooks and ebooks

21 days

Unlimited

Unlimited

Yes

Curriculum kits

42 days

1

0

Yes

DVDs

7 days

15

3

Yes

Express DVDs

3 days

2

0

No

Freegal music downloads and streaming

N/A

5 songs/week

3 hrs./day

N/A

No

Hoopla Items

Varies**

4

0

No

Laptops/Wifi Hotspots

7 days

1

0

Yes

Launchpads/Vox Books

7 days

1

1

Yes

Overdrive audiobooks and ebooks

21 days***

25

Unlimited

Yes

Overdrive lucky day audiobooks and ebooks

7 days

1

0

No

Playaway Views

21 days

5

3

Yes

Run, jump & play packs

21 days

1

3

Yes

Sewing Machines

14 days

1

0

Yes

Technology/Makerspace Items (unless stated otherwise)

21 days

1

1

Yes

Video Games

21 days

12

1

Yes

*See the Book Club in a Bag page for more information.

**Hoopla loan periods vary. Television episodes and movies go out for 3 days, music goes out for 7 days, and comics and graphic novels go out for 21 days.

***Overdrive audiobooks and ebooks can go out for 7, 14, or 21 days. When you take an item out, you can choose one of the three loan periods.

In-Library Use

There are several MakerSpace and technology items that you can use only in the Library.

Vacation loans

Going on vacation? Ask us about an extended loan period for your materials. Some items cannot be extended, including:

  • Bestsellers
  • Express DVDs
  • Laptops/Wifi Hotspots
  • Launchpads/Vox Books
  • Sewing Machines
  • Technology/Makerspace Items

Renewals

Items can be renewed several ways:

  • At either Library location at a service desk or self-checkout machine
  • Online by signing into your library account
  • By using our Automated Telephone Renewal Service at 519-756-2399. You will need your 4-digit PIN number
  • By calling the Library during open hours at 519-756-2220

Holds

Many items can be requested. See the loan periods, item limits, renewals, and holds chart to see if a request can be placed on an item.

A request on an item can be done several ways:

Suspending/pausing holds

Going on vacation? Don't miss your holds! Requested items can be suspended/paused so that they do not become available while you are unable to pick them up. Suspending a hold will keep your place on the request list until you resume the hold.

Suspend your holds either through your library account, or by contacting the Library.

Returning items

Items can be returned to either Library location. There are after hours book drops at both Library locations for items returned when the Library is closed. At the Main there are two book drops, one at the front of the Library on Colborne Street and one at the back of the Library on Wharfe Street. The St. Paul Library has one book drop beside the front entrance.