Circulation Policies

Borrowing

Up to fifty (50) items may be checked out to your library card at a time.

Items will check out for the following loan periods:

  • 3 weeks: Regular books, Paperbacks, Audiobooks, Music CDs, Playaways, Digital devices
  • 2 weeks: New adult books, Movies, Magazines, Playaway Views, Hotspots

Renewals

Items now renew automatically. The system will attempt to renew items 3 days before their due date unless there is a hold on the item. They will renew up to 3 times. If you have opted for text or email notifications, you will be notified whether your items have successfully renewed.

You can also check the status of your items by logging into My Account at the top of the page. Items are not able to be renewed until 3 days before their due date.

stack of booksReturns

Outside book drops are available for returns at all locations. You can return Charlotte County Library items to any Charlotte County Library location, even if the items were checked out at a different branch.

Overdue Fines

Fines accrue at a rate of $0.25 per day per item. You can view your account balance by logging into My Account at the top of the page.

Youth materials no longer accrue overdue fines. Items designated as youth materials have call numbers beginning with J.

Fines may be paid with food, credit card, debit card, or check. Cash can no longer be accepted.

Long overdue or lost items

Lost or long overdue items, including youth materials, will be billed at the cost of the item. Fines in excess of $10 must be paid before any materials may be checked out.

Food for Fines

We prefer to accept donations of non-perishable food items in lieu of monetary payments for overdue fines. You will be credited $1 for each food item you donate. All donations support a local food bank.

Food for fines can be used to pay overdue fines and fees for any lost or damaged Charlotte County materials. Food cannot be accepted for non-resident cards, printing fees, or interlibrary loan charges.

Borrowing eBooks and eAudiobooks

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Cloud Library is an eBook service available to Charlotte County Library users. Log in using your library card and PIN number. You may borrow up to 4 titles at a time.

Hoopla is a digital media service that includes eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, and video. Sign up for an account using your email and library card. You may borrow up to 8 titles monthly. Reciprocal borrowers are not eligible for Hoopla.

When searching the Library Catalog, you can browse our digital materials by changing the item type from Physical Items to Digital Catalog in the first dropdown menu.

Many more digital resources are available on our Online Resources page.