How many items may I borrow and for how long?

You may borrow unlimited physical items at a time for a 3 week period. If you need more time, you can renew the item(s) twice as long as no one else is waiting for them. If you have late fees totaling more than $10.00 you will need to pay your late fees in order to renew or place a hold. Your library card also gives you access to streaming and downloadable items, which you can access from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Returning Items:

Items may be returned to the Main Library or the Park Branch Library in Carmel-by-the-Sea and will be checked in from your account on the day received. Outside book drops are located behind the Harrison Library at the corner of Sixth and Lincoln, and in the Park Branch side parking lot. Items returned to book drops will be checked in the day received. Items returned to outdoor book drops after the Library is closed will be back-dated to the previous day’s date as long as they are in the first collection of materials prior to 8 am. Items returned to any other peninsula library may be delayed in delivery and will be checked in the day received.

Late Fees

If an item is overdue, a late fee of 50 cents per day, per item will apply. 

The maximum overdue charge is $5 per item. Borrowing privileges are suspended when a borrower has overdue charges totaling more than $10 or library materials that have not been returned.

You can continue to check out items if you owe $10.00 or less. There are no late fees for streaming and downloadable materials.

Lost or Damaged Materials

If an item is not returned or is returned in damaged condition, the borrower will be charged a replacement charge plus a processing fee to cover re-cataloging, processing, labels, barcodes, etc. The Library does not accept replacement items. 

Library Fees

  • Overdue items – $.50/day
  • Library card replacement – $3
  • Visitor card for out of state visitors – $10/month
  • Interlibrary loan  – $5 per item
  • Printing  – $.20/page for black and white, $.50/page for color
  • Copying  – $.20/page
  • Lost/damaged processing fee for books, audiobooks, DVDs – cost of item, plus $15
  • Lost/damaged processing fee for magazines – $5