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Item Loan Period (Days) Limit
Books and Magazines 14 Combined Limit of 100
Bestseller Books* 14
Jigsaw Puzzles 14
Combined Discs (Music & Audiobooks) 14 Combined Limit of 25
Playaways 14
Bestseller DVDs* and DVDs 14 Combined Limit of 25
Fishing Equipment**
(Fishing Pole and Fishing Kits)
14 Combined Limit of 5
Flip Kits 14
Musical Instruments 14
Parent Packs 14
Playaway Launchpads 14
Sci-Finders 14
Tabletop Games 14
Telescopes** 14
We-Stories Kits 14
Wi-Fi Hotspot 14
Binoculars 14 1
Video Games 14 2
Portable Projector 14 1
Interlibrary Loans 21 5
MOBIUS Books 28 Combined Limit of 10
(holds count towards limit of 10)
Prospector Books 21
Prospector AV 7
eMedia Check loan periods Varies by Vendor
National Genealogical Society Books 14 2
Total number of items checked out at any one time. Some restrictions apply to children’s cards.  100
* Non-requestable, one renewal allowed  
** Five renewals allowed if there are no active holds  

Loan Periods and Limits

Most materials 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

St. Louis County Library is not responsible if audiovisual equipment is damaged while using library materials.


Items issued for 14 days may be renewed five 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 14-day period. 

Items will be renewed automatically. Renewals will be processed automatically on eligible items 2 days prior to the item's due date. The Due Date reminder will indicate which items, if any, have been renewed for you. 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.


Effective January 1, 2020 all St. Louis County Library material will be exempt from overdue fines. Patrons will still be charged the replacement cost for lost and damaged materials.The maximum amount of billed items allowed on a library card is $50.  Balances of $50 or more must be paid before the card can be used again.

Overdue Notification

SLCL distributes overdue notices as a courtesy. Failure to receive an overdue notice does not exempt a cardholder from responsibility for replacement fees. A due date reminder will be emailed 2 days before items are due. An overdue notice will be emailed when items are 3 days past due. A second overdue notice will be emailed when items are 7 days overdue. On most material that is 14 days overdue, a charge for the price of the item will appear on your account and an email sent informing you of the charge. A printed bill will be sent by mail to you when an item is 45 days overdue. If you subsequently return the item, only the applicable fine will be charged. A $5 handling fee will be charged for each Lost & Paid refund. Accounts with a balance of $250 and more that are past due for 60 days will be referred to a collection agency.

Lost & Paid

Materials that have been paid for and subsequently returned are eligible for a refund as long as they are returned in good condition within thirty (30) days of payment and are valued at $10 or more. A $5 handling fee 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 314-994-3300. The maximum number of holds that a customer may have at any one time is 50. 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. Mobius AV material is held for 5 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.