Revision of How to Borrow from June 21, 2012 - 12:21pm

You may check out up to 50 items* at a time with your Library Card, including a maximum of 10 DVDs.

Library materials may be borrowed for the following lengths of time:

1 day
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Material Type Loan Period
Books, Book/Recording Sets, Recorded Books, Pamphlets, CDs, Periodicals, Picture Collection Materials, Scores, Librettos 3 weeks
New Books, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Material 2 weeks
eNYPL items Varies. See your neighborhood library

Note that online & telephone renewal is not available during the off-peak hours of 1:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. EST due to required system backups.

When are materials considered late?

All Library materials must be returned on or before their due date.  Initial due dates are listed on receipts received at checkout.  Due dates extended through the renewal of eligible materials are available by accessing your Library account for renewals performed online or by phone or through new receipts issued for in-person or self-service checkout transactions.

Overdue materials may be subject to late fines.  

Borrowing privileges are suspended for users who have received a second overdue notice for any currently checked out item.

Where can I return Library materials?

The Library offers universal returns; most circulating material can be returned to any New York Public Library location in the Bronx, Manhattan or Staten Island, except the Schomburg Center. Likewise, pickup of holds and payment of fines and fees may take place at any Library location with the exception of Schomburg.

The Library also offers a number of convenient book drops, many of which are available 24 hours.

I think I have returned an item, but it's still attached to my record?

Patrons are responsible for any library materials borrowed on their card until they are checked in at a xxxx Public Library location and cleared from their list of checked out items.  If you believe you have returned an item, you must call or visit The Library to claim it returned.  To expedite the process, it is strongly suggested that you visit the Library from which you borrowed the item and request staff check the shelves for it. 

If the item is not found, you will have until the end of The Library's billing cycle to locate it and return it before a replacement charge is applied to your record.  Until the item is found or replacement charges are paid, you will continue to receive overdue notices and the item will appear on your record with its status changed to that of a Claimed Returned/Disputed Item.  This status will also be applied in cases where an item appears on your record that you do not recall checking out and the same notice and billing cycle apply.

The surest way to know that an item is no longer checked out to you is to request a return receipt at check-in.

Downloading from our digital collections

Cardholders have access to downloadable books, movies and music through online resources and other digital collections.  For additional information, visit eBooks, Music and Video.

Accessing Library databases

The xxxxx Public Library offers access to many electronic databases on a variety of topics from the arts and humanities to science and technology available both in The Library and at home.  Many of these databases include full-text articles, audio and video content, and resources in languages other than English.

Please note that many databases that can be accessed from outside the Library will still require you to enter your Library card number and PIN.

*Effective September 1, 2010