Renewals, Loan Periods, Fines and Fees, and Limits

Renewals

Items which are not on hold may be renewed a maximum of two times by phone or online. After the renewal limit is reached, materials should be returned so that other library borrowers may have the opportunity to find them on the shelf.

  • All items may be renewed two times by telephone or the online catalog, if there are no holds on the items.
  • A second fee will be charged for a movie renewal.
  • Items are not due and fines are not assessed for any day the library is closed.
  • The renewal limit may not be extended by transferring materials to the card of another family member.
  • Interlibrary loan books may be renewed if permission is granted from the lending library.

A. Normal Loans

Books, CDs, Audiobooks, Magazines

  • Checkout Fee: No Fee
  • Loan Period: Three Weeks
  • Overdue Fines: $.25 per day per item
  • Maximum Fine per Item: $8.00 / Magazines $4.00
  • Total 50 items out, includes movies.

Movies

  • Checkout Fee for Movies and TV Series: $1.00
  • Checkout Fee for Children's Movies: No Fee
  • Loan Period: One Week
  • Overdue Fines: $.50 per day per item
  • Maximum Fine per Item: $8.00

OverDrive: eBooks and eAudiobooks*

  • Checkout Fee: No Fee
  • Loan Period: Three Weeks
  • Overdue Fines: No Fines
  • Eight title maximum

*You must be a resident of Des Moines or rural Polk County.

RBdigital: eAudiobooks,eComics, and eMagazines

  • Checkout Fee: No Fee
  • Loan Period: Three Weeks for eAudiobooks
  • Loan Period: Thirty Days for eComics
  • Loan Period: No Due Date for eMagazines
  • Overdue Fines: No Fines
  • Eight title maximum for eAudiobooks and eComics
  • Unlimited eMagazines

*You must be a resident of Des Moines or rural Polk County.

B. Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  • ILL Request Fee: $3.00
  • Loan Period: 14 Days from Arrival to ILL
  • Overdue Fines: $.25 per day per item

C. Homebook Delivery

  • Loan Period: 28 days
  • Overdue Fines: No Fines (Must pay for lost items)

D. Deposit Sites

  • Loan Period: 60 Days
  • Overdue Fines: No Fines (Must pay for lost items totaling over $100)

E. Educator Cards

  • Loan Period: 28 Days
  • Overdue Fines: No Fines (Must pay for lost items)

F. Vacation Loans

  • Loan Period: Negotiated