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Borrowing & Reserving Materials

Borrowing Library Materials

Please have your library card ready. Materials cannot be checked out or renewed without your library card. Most items are checked out for 3 weeks with two 3 week renewals allowed. You may check out up to 30 items.

DVDs and Videocassettes are checked out for 1 week with a $2.00 rental fee. For an additional $2.00, DVDs and Videocassettes can be renewed for one week. DVDs and Videocassettes can be renewed twice. The number of Books on Tape, Books on CD, Videos, DVDs and CDs you may check out at a time may vary from one Kern County Library facility to another based on collection size.

Each time you check out materials you may ask for a printed receipt listing them along with their due dates.

Reserving Library Materials

If the books or other materials you need are not available when you visit your branch, you may reserve or place a hold on them. Residents of the area served by the San Joaquin Valley Library System may reserve most books and materials (except reference books and special items) held by any other branch in the System. These will be shipped when available to the branch of your choice and you will be notified by mail, phone or email. When a hold is received at the requested branch, you will have 10 days to pick up the hold. Please note: An Expired Hold fee of $1.00 is chraged for any item that is not picked up or cancelled by the hold end date.

You may reserve library materials in person at your local library or via the Internet. To learn more about reserving materials online, please see the Phone and Internet Resources page.

Returning Library Materials

Most books and other library materials are due in 3 weeks. Some items check out for a week. Check your receipt so you can return materials on time.

Most books, audio tapes, and videos can be returned to any public library branch in the San Joaquin Valley Library System. Rental books, tapes, special-loan items must be returned to the branch which loaned them.

If you have not finished using a book or other material when it is due, you can ask to renew it if you return the item during library open hours. Sometimes you may keep the item for up to two additional one to three week periods. Renewals can also be made by phone or over the Internet. To learn more about these options, please see the Phone and Internet Resources page.

Unless otherwise labeled, book drops outside public libraries are for books only. You may place books in the drops to return them even when the library is closed. Audio cassettes and videos are likely to be damaged. You will be charged for mending or replacement costs for nonbook items damaged by return through book drops.

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