Loan Periods, Fees, & Borrowing

Your Library Card lets you check-out, take home, and enjoy: books, movies, music, magazines, games, and more!  Items returned on time and in good condition are FREE!  A Library Card is also your key to Online Library access.  Get a Library Card Now.

 

Item Limits

Number of Items that Can Be Checked out Per Library Card

  • 100 items (max.) per card
  • 10 console games per card
  • 30 DVDs/Blu-rays per card
  • 3 items (max.) for limited access cards

Note: Items with holds cannot be renewed.

Adult & Teen Items

Loan Period

Daily Fine Per Item

Renewals

Most materials 3 weeks * 5
Console Games 3 weeks * 5
Non-Feature DVDs 3 weeks * 5
Bestseller Collection see below * 0
Magazines 1 week * 5
Feature DVDs 1 week * 5
Adult Book Club Kits 6 weeks * 0
Circulating Reference 1 week $1 0
Interlibrary Loans varies $1 varies
Laptops and Devices 3 hours $1/hour 0

Children's Items

Loan Period

Daily Fine Per Item

Renewals

All Materials 3 weeks * 5

*There are no daily fines for most materials.  However, if an item is overdue more than 4 weeks, it is considered lost, and a non-refundable lost processing fee is charged plus the cost of the item.

Please Note: All existing late fines (except for lost materials that have not been returned) were removed in January 2021. You will not incur any new fines as of January 1, 2021. All late fines from before January 1, 2021 have been forgiven.

Bestseller Collection

Timely, popular, and immediately available items for checkout. These high-demand items include fiction and nonfiction books as well as audiobooks and DVDs. This is a browsing collection, so no holds are allowed.

Bestseller

Loan Period

Daily Fine Per Item

Renewals

Books 3 weeks * None
Audiobooks 3 weeks * None
DVDs 1 week * None

*There are no daily fines for most materials.  However, if an item is overdue more than 4 weeks, it is considered lost, and a non-refundable lost processing fee is charged plus the cost of the item.

Please Note: All existing late fines (except for lost materials that have not been returned) were removed in January 2021. You will not incur any new fines as of January 1, 2021. All late fines from before January 1, 2021 have been forgiven.


Paying Your Fees

You may pay your fees using cash or check at any one of our libraries, or you may mail us your payment. In addition, credit card payment using PayPal is accepted through your account in the online catalog.

See the Santa Clara County Library District Fee Policy, opens a new window (PDF) for a complete listing of fees and other charges.


Key Borrowing & Accounts Pages


Digital Collections

View Lending Periods for the subset of Online Library collections that have time limits.

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