Borrowing

Overview

Borrowing

Find something good to check out? Of course you did. Here’s what you need to know about borrowing and your account.

Loan Periods and Limits

You can borrow as many books, audiobooks, and DVDs as you want at a time, and keep them for 3 weeks. If you need more time, you can renew them twice if no one else has placed a hold.

If you have items more than 35 days overdue, you need to return or pay for them in order to borrow new items 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 Harrison Memorial 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 any other peninsula library may be delayed in delivery and will be checked in the day received at our library.

Holds and Renewals

You can renew your materials twice, except for items with holds. You can renew books or place a hold through our catalog with your library card number and your PIN, or by phone at (831) 624-4629 or (831) 624-4664. If you have items more than 35 days overdue, you need to return them before you can place a hold.

Ask for a Book

Want something that’s not in our collection? Ask the Library to buy it or find it at another library.

Late Fines

No late fines!  Just bring your items back on time. If you have items more than 35 days overdue, you need to return or pay for the items to retain your borrowing privileges.

Lost or Damaged Items

If an item is not returned or is returned in damaged condition, the borrower will be charged the list price of the item. The Library does not accept replacement items. 

Fees

  • Library card replacement – $3
  • Interlibrary loan  – $5 per item
  • Printing  – $.20/page for black and white, $.50/page for color
  • Copying  – $.20/page
  • Replacement fee for lost or damaged books, audiobooks, DVDs - list cost of item
  • Replacement fee for lost or damaged magazines – $5