City of Longview

Loan Policies

Checking Out

A resident patron of the Longview Public Library may have up to 40 items on his/her individual card at any given time. A non-resident may have up to 60 items on a family card because there is more than one person checking out materials.

Certain types of items do have limits. For example, ten DVDs/videos can be checked out on a card. Books on the High Demand shelf are limited to two per card.

Most books, audiobooks, DVDs, videos, and music CDs check out for 3 weeks.

High Demand books check out for 10 days and are not renewable. You may check out 2 High Demand books at a time.

High Demand DVDs check out for 3 days and are not renewable.

Current issues of magazines (in clear plastic binders) do not check out; however, back issues of these magazines are located under the shelf behind the current issues, and may be checked out for 3 weeks.

DVD/Video Circulation Policy Information

Age Restrictions:
Any Longview Library cardholder may check out videos or DVDs. There are no longer age restrictions, and a youth card may be used to borrow these materials. As with all other library materials, the staff is not responsible for monitoring what a cardholder checks out.

If you, as parent or guardian, do not want your child to be able to check out videos or DVDs, you must let library staff know so that we can place a block on the young person's card. This will prevent all DVD and video items--adult and juvenile--from being checked out on the blocked card.

A patron can have a maximum of ten DVD and/or video items checked out on a card at any point in time. Non-high demand DVD's can be renewed twice, as long as another patron has not requested the item. DVD's and videos can be reserved and will be held at the Main Desk for three days.

Renewing Materials

Most items (except High Demand books and DVDs) may be renewed twice if no one else has placed a "hold" on them.
* To renew materials over the phone, please call: 360.442.5300. Have your library card number ready so that we may access your account.
* To renew materials yourself online, go to your account in our library catalog. Be sure to select the titles you wish to renew by checking the box to the left of each one.

Returning Materials

Items may be returned in person or by putting them in the Library's drive-through drop box, located on the Maple Street side of the building. We do ask that you NOT return music CDs in the drop box, as their cases are very fragile and easily broken.

Late Fines

Library materials are due back by closing-time on their due date. The due date is on the receipt that you are given when you check items out. To check a due date, please call: 360.442.5300. You may also check due dates yourself from your account in our library catalog.

Late fines are assessed as follows:

There is a grace period of 5 days in which no overdue charges are applied. On the sixth day that an item is overdue, a $1.50 fine is applied. The grace period does not apply to High Demand DVD's, High Demand books, or other short-term loan items.

If your fines are above $5, a payment is required to bring the amount down to or below $5 in order to check out materials. If a patron's library card has expired, all fines must be paid before the card can be renewed and used to take items out. If your fines are substantial, ask about our Books for Fines program.

What do I do if something is lost or damaged?

Lost and damaged items should be reported to the library as quickly as possible. Lost material charges are based on the cost of replacing the item and for processing the material for circulation when it is replaced. Charges for damaged items are assessed based on the nature of the damage and whether or not the material can be mended and put back into circulation.

The library urges patrons to handle materials carefully and return them on time. A library patron is responsible for any material that is checked out on his/her card and should not loan their card to others. Special care needs to be given to certain types of materials--e.g., videos and cassette tapes should not be left in a hot car.

It is important to keep videos, DVD's, cassettes and CD's in their containers when not in use. A frequent problem for the library involves media items returned in the wrong case or without the inserts. Help the library preserve materials so others can use them. Help keep Library costs down by returning materials on time and in the condition in which you received them.

Note: If you discover an item is damaged after you have checked it out, please notify the library immediately. Do not wait until you return the material.

Placing Holds

Holds may be placed on items online, over the phone (360.442.5300), or in person. Please allow 24 hours for items which are currently checked in to be placed on the holds shelf. You will be notified that your item is ready by phone or by email, depending on your preference. We encourage email notification.

When an item is "on hold" it can only be checked out at the Main Floor Desk. Items placed on hold will be held for seven days; DVDs/videos will be held for three days. If holds are not picked up within that time, they will be placed back into circulation. High Demand books cannot be reserved.

Your PIN Number

The PIN number associated with your library card are the last 4 digits of your phone number. To verify or change your PIN number, call: 360.442.5300. Please have your library card number available when you call, so that we may access your record over the phone.