Borrowing and Fees


At their meeting on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, the Library Board of Trustees approved a policy to eliminate overdue fines, effective March 1, 2020. The policy waives all unpaid overdue fines and collection agency fees charged prior to implementation, and eliminates fines for all late returns moving forward.

Items that are lost, returned with damaged or missing parts, or otherwise did not return in the same condition as when they were checked out are billed accordingly. Learn more.

You may pay any balance owed in person using cash, personal check, or debit/credit card. Debit/credit card payments may be made online at My Account > Fees. Payments are not accepted at the drive-up window.

Alternately, you can enroll in our Care Fee Option Program to remove fees just by checking out material!


Checking Out

To borrow physical items, bring them to any designated Customer Assistance Desk or self-checkout station with a valid Library Card in good standing. Cardholders age 18 or over may present either a Library Card or an acceptable photo ID at the time of checkout. Patrons age 17 or under who do not have their Library Card or a photo ID may supply other identifying information.

List of Acceptable Photo IDs*
To check out physical items to another person's account


Borrowing Periods and Limits

Material Type Loan Period Number of Items at a Time
Books 21 days No limit*
Express Books 7 days 1
Audiobooks, Playaways 21 days No limit*
DVDs 7 days 14
Express DVDs 3 days 1
Video Games 21 days 1
Music CDs 21 days 21
Magazines 7 days No limit*
Zines 21 days No limit*

*The maximum total number of items, of any type, allowed on a Library account at any one time is 100. Be sure to consult your receipt or account for due dates.

Additional Borrowing Limits

More information on checkout limits and borrowing periods for eBooks, streaming movies, eMagazines, etc. is available on the eLibrary borrowing page.


Renewing Items

Unless someone else requests an item that you've borrowed, most items may be renewed twice. Items eligible for renewal will automatically renew shortly before their due date. To receive email or text notifications of automatic renewals, you must include an email address or phone number in your settings at My Account > Contact Information. Normal borrowing and return policies apply to items not eligible for renewal.

Renewing Items Manually


Returning Items

Regardless of where our items are borrowed, they may be returned to any of the following locations. Outdoor return slots are open 24 hours a day. Although most items are suitable for these slots, certain items must be returned directly to a service desk; please note any special return instructions on items you borrow.

  • Main Library
  • Ellettsville Branch Library
  • Bookmobile
  • Outreach Van
See the our complete Checkout Policy.