Borrowing Materials

Your St. Louis County Library card opens the door to a world of information and entertainment.

Use your card to check out a wide variety of materials from any library location and to access the Internet from library computers. With your library card number, you can also access many of the library's subscription databases from your home, office or school computer.* Non-requestable, one renewal allowed.

Loan Period (Days)
Fines Per Day
Books and Magazines
Bestseller Books*
Compact Discs
(Music & Audiobooks)
Bestseller DVDs* and DVDs
Limit of 10
4 or more disc DVD sets
Limit of 5
Flip Kits
Video Games
Interlibrary Loans
National Genealogical Society Books

Total number of items checked out at any one time. Some restrictions apply to children’s cards.                100

Loan Periods and Limits
Most materials may be borrowed for 14 days. Video games and most DVDs may be borrowed for 7 days. DVD sets containing 4 or more discs may be borrowed for 14 days. The number of items you may borrow at any one time is limited according to the type of material. See loan table above.

AV Materials
The St. Louis County Library is not responsible if audiovisual equipment is damaged while using Library material.

Items issued for 14 days may be renewed 5 times unless there are requests on the title or they are part of the Bestseller collection. Books and DVDs in the Bestseller collection may be renewed for one additional 7-day or 14-day period, whichever is applicable. You may renew your own items in the library, via the online catalog or by calling Customer Connect at 314-994-3300.

Homebound Service
Materials normally issued for 14 days are issued for 28 days to customers receiving Homebound Service. Homebound customers may borrow DVDs and video games for 14 days. All items may be renewed twice unless there are requests on the title or they are part of the Bestseller collection. Interlibrary Loan service is not available to Homebound customers.  No overdue fines are charged but Homebound customers are responsible for damaged and lost materials.  Please see the Homebound Service page for additional information.

You may return SLCL materials to any branch or bookmobile regardless of where they were checked out. Book drops are open 24 hours a day at Headquarters and all branches.

Fines are levied on items returned after the due date.  See loan table above.  The maximum amount of fines and/or billed items allowed on a library card is $15.  Fines of $15 or more must be paid before the card can be used again.  Fines of any amount must be paid before a library card can be renewed. Effective January 1, 2016, all children’s materials will be exempt from overdue fines regardless of the type of card the items are issued on. Patrons will still be charged the replacement cost for lost and damaged children’s materials.

Grace Period
A 6-day grace period is in place for returning materials. The grace period is for 14-day items except for 14-day DVDs. Fines are not charged for Sundays or holidays. Fines for items returned or renewed after the grace period will be calculated from the initial due date.

Overdue Notification
The library distributes overdue notices as a courtesy. Failure to receive an overdue notice does not exempt a library card holder from responsibility for overdue fines. You will be notified by email when items are 3 days overdue. A second notice will be emailed when items are 29 days past due. At 45 days overdue, a paper bill will be mailed, and the full cost of the item will appear on your account. If you subsequently return the item, only the applicable fine will be charged. A $5 overdue fee will be charged for each Lost & Paid refund. Accounts with a balance of $25 and more that are past due for 60 days will be referred to a collection agency.

Lost & Paid
Lost & Paid materials that are subsequently returned are eligible for a refund as long as they are returned in good condition within one (1) month of payment and are valued at $10 or more. A $5 handling fee equal to the maximum per item fine will be charged for all refunds. Refunds will first be applied to outstanding fines. No refunds will be issued for less than $5.

You may place a hold on circulating materials via the online catalog, by asking a librarian, or by calling Customer Connect at 314-994-3300. The maximum number of holds that a customer may have at any one time is 25. Requested items will be sent to the branch or bookmobile you designate as quickly as possible.

Holds Notification
Requested materials will be held for 6 days. You will be notified by email or telephone when your request is ready for pick-up.

Lost Cards
You are responsible for all items issued on your card. Report lost cards to the library immediately. Materials issued on your card prior to the time the loss is reported remain your responsibility. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for all materials issued on cards for children under age 18.

The staff is here to help you, so if you have further questions, please ask a librarian.
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