Borrowing Materials

Borrowing Materials

DC Public Library has got you covered. If you had an expired library card from April 2017 until now, your privileges have automatically been extended through February 2021. All you have to do is start enjoying your library. All due dates have been extended, and you can return materials to any open library, regardless of where it was checked out.

Temporary Library Card

An online temporary library card can access most library resources. Once all library locations are open, online library card applicants have 90 days to visit a library location with a current picture ID and proof of current address to transition to a permanent library card, which grants full access to all resources.

Loan Periods

  • Books, MP3 Playaways and Books on CD can be checked out for an initial period of 21 days. 
  • DVDs, music CDs, VHS videocassettes and LPs can be checked out for 7 days.
  • eBooks & Audiobooks on OverDrive can be checked out for up to 21 days. 
  • Streaming video on OverDrive can be checked out for 3, 5 or 7 days.

Item Limits

  • You may check out a maximum of 50 books at a time, 10 DVDs and 10 CDs.
  • You may check out a maximum of 10 digital titles on OverDrive at a time.

Renewals

  • For physical items, if there is no hold on the item, it can be renewed 10 times (for an additional 21 days each time). If someone has placed a hold on your item, you may not renew it. View all renewal FAQs.
  • When you renew a digital title on OverDrive, it doesn't extend your lending period. Instead, it lets you borrow the title again immediately after your current checkout expires (if there are no existing holds). Learn more about renewing digital titles

Holds

  • Customers may place up to 25 physical items on hold. Available hold notifications are sent via email to the email address in the customer's account. Once notified, items will be held at the preferred pickup library for 7 days. 
  • For OverDrive titles, you may place up to 15 digital items on hold. When the hold becomes available, you will be notified via email and have three days to checkout your title or can choose to deliver your checkout later. Learn more about managing available holds with "deliver later".

 


Returning Items

  • You may return borrowed items at any DC Public Library; it does not matter where you checked them out.
  • All digital titles are automatically returned at the end of their lending period. Learn more about returning digital titles early


Inter-library Loans

Inter-library Loan is a way to request books, microfilm, articles and other material not owned by the DC Public Library. The service is available to DC Public Library customers with current library cards in good standing.

Customers assume cost of postage, insurance and handling charges. If the lending library charges a borrowing fee, that must be paid by the requesting customer. Materials cannot be requested from the Library of Congress.

You can find out more information on the Inter-library Loans page