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Borrowing Information

Checkout Services

Welcome! With your Lawrence Public Library card you have access to a world of resources to educate, entertain, and inform you. The library has everything from bedtime stories to the latest thriller. Want to learn to grow a garden, speak Italian, fix your car, or build a deck? Study the Civil War, mythology, Shakespeare, or the Beatles? Check out a movie, listen to Bach, or read the Kansas City Star? The library is your place!

Get a library card

Any resident of Northeast Kansas may obtain a library card at no charge. You will need to show photo identification and proof of current residential address. A parent or guardian must accompany a child under 18 to approve their child’s card and can choose to restrict it to materials from the Children’s Room. When you accept a library card, you agree to be responsible for fines for late returns and charges for lost or damaged items. You may check out materials without presenting your library card if you display another acceptable form of ID.

Loan Periods

Movies circulate for 7 days; “new fiction”, magazines, TV shows and Anime on DVD, and electronic games circulate for 14 days; and all other circulating material has a 28-day loan period. Some reference and local history materials may only be used in the library.

Item Limits

A maximum of 50 items may be in circulation to a patron at any given time, with the following item limits: 3 video games,10 movies, 10 TV shows and/or anime, 1 eReader, 1 laptop (for use inside library only), and 2 Book Club in a Bag sets.  Up to 3 items may be in circulation at any given time to a patron with an unverified borrower card.

Keeping Track of Due Dates

Each time you check out materials, you’ll receive a receipt that shows what you checked out and when it is due. Keep that receipt handy and you’ll have an easy way to know when your books and videos are due. You can also check your account online at our catalog with your library card number and your PIN.


Everything except new fiction, magazines, and interlibrary loan materials can be renewed four times, as long as someone else hasn’t requested it. You may renew on the library catalog on the Internet, on the phone, at one of the online catalog stations, or at the Checkout Desk.


If an item you want is already checked out, you may ask to have it held for you when it is returned. This is called a “request.” You can make a request yourself online, or at one of the library’s catalog workstations – or a staff member can help you place a request by phone or in person. When more than one person requests a particular item, requests are filled in the order in which they were received.

Getting and Using Your PIN

A PIN (personal identification number) is issued with your library card. You may select a PIN consisting of between 4 and 8 numbers. To safeguard access to your account, you can change your PIN yourself at one of the online catalog stations in the library or from the library website. You’ll need your PIN when you want to view your library account, or reserve or renew items at one of the online catalog stations inside the library or from the library web catalog.

Accessing Your Account Online

You can look at what you have checked out, renew materials, request items, and pay your fines with a credit or debit card by clicking on “My Account” at our online catalog. You will need both your library card number and your PIN to log in.

Overdue Charges

Daily overdue fines are 15 cents per day for all overdue materials returned. The maximum fine per item is $4.50.  As always, materials returned by the date they are due will incur no overdue fines.


The library will inform borrowers by phone or email that items they have requested are available, that items are overdue, and that overdue charges have been incurred. If you wish to receive your notices by email, you may sign up for this service at the Accounts Desk. E-mail recipients also receive a notice three days before their items are due. Always contact the library if you receive a notice for an item that you think you have returned.

*Notices are a courtesy only – you are ultimately responsible for your due dates and fines.

Lost Items

Materials that have not been returned at 30 days past the due date are considered lost, and a bill is sent for replacement and processing fees. If the item is returned, the maximum overdue fine ($4.50 per item) is charged instead of the replacement cost. All pieces missing from multiple item sets must be returned within 60 days in order for the bill to be reduced. A borrower won’t be charged both an overdue charge and a replacement fee on the same item.

Use of Collection Agency

Accounts with unpaid balances of $25.00 or more are submitted to a materials recovery agency 45 days after the balance is incurred. Accounts that reach this status are assessed an additional non-refundable $15.00 collection fee.


What you check out on your library card is confidential. Patron registration and circulation records are exempt from disclosure through the Kansas Open Records Act and will only be released upon receipt of a valid court order or subpoena authorized under federal, state, or local law.

Using Your Library Card

Bring your library card each time you come to the library to check out materials or access an Internet or word processing computer. You can also use it from home to view your account, renew materials, reserve materials, and gain access to premium online resources on the library’s website.

Does My Card Expire?

Your card will “expire” periodically just so we can verify your address. If your card is not used for one year, it will become inactive. If that happens, you can reactivate your account with a picture I.D. showing your current address. After three years of inactivity, accounts will be deleted.

Keeping Your Account Current

Let us know if your address or other personal information changes. Protect your account by keeping your card safe and reporting a lost or stolen library card immediately. Card owners are responsible for materials borrowed on their cards until they are reported lost or stolen.