The Library's loan period for many materials is 14 days (effective September, 2014). Learn more.
For questions about items you have checked out, fines, renewals or your library account, please contact your local branch.
Loan periods, loan limits, fines and fees are subject to change.
Loan Periods, Loan Limits & Fines
|Books, CDs, DVDs &
|eBooks, eAudio & eMagazines
• Streaming Music
• Music Downloads
• 5/ week
|Items from other Libraries
see slip on item
| LEAP Kits
| Project Read
| Teen Read
| Adult Book Discussion Sets
(each book/CD book)
| Puppets (bookable)
| *50 is the maximum number of items that you can have on loan at any one time.
♦75 is the maximum number of items that you can have on hold at any one time.
Limits on Institution Cards and Educator Cards vary.
|No items can be checked out or renewed if you owe $10 or more in overdue fines, fees, or billed items.
Mediabox DVDs are non-requestable and non-renewable.
You can renew most Library materials up to 20 times. However, if another customer has requested an item you have checked out, you will not be able to renew it. If you owe $10.00 or more in fines you cannot renew materials.Login to your account to renew.
→ Login to your account to renew
Sorry, items borrowed from other libraries cannot be renewed before their due dates.
Please return or renew items you have borrowed on or before the date they are due.
Sign up to receive courtesy email or text message notifications and we’ll send you a reminder to renew or return your Library materials before they are due.
Once an item is 7 days overdue, we will send you an email or text message reminder.
Once an item is 30 days overdue, we will send you an email or text message notice that includes the amount of the replacement fee billed to your account, plus a $5.00 overdue/administrative fee. There is a $10.00 per item cap on fines. If the replacement fee for an item exceeds $10.00, your borrowing privileges will be suspended.
The $5.00 overdue/administrative fee will be dropped if you return the item.
The public may be reimbursed for payment made on lost item(s), if the item(s) are returned within one year from the date of payment and if the customer has a receipt as proof of payment. The Library will retain the $5 overdue/administrative fee.
Fees are assessed for items returned damaged. Damage to equipment which may occur in the use of audiovisual materials is the responsibility of the user. Damage to materials that is beyond normal wear is also the responsibility of the borrower.
Damage to materials that is beyond normal wear is the responsibility of the user (damage to equipment which may occur in the use of audiovisual materials is the responsibility of the user).
If your account balance is $10 or greater, borrowing privileges will be suspended (including requesting, renewing and checking out items) until payment is made.
Customers who have items more than 90 days overdue and a balance of $100 in fines/fees may be referred to a Collection Agency. A $10.00 collection agency service fee will be added to the fine record. Borrowing privileges are removed once an account has been turned over to Collections.
You can pay your Library fines at your local branch or online. To pay online, Login to your account (click on “unpaid fines and bills” then “pay online”) and use your VISA or MasterCard. Once the materials have been returned and/or all fines/fees have been paid, all borrowing privileges will be reinstated.
The following cardholders are exempt from the 10¢/day fine*:
The following cardholders are exempt from the $1/day fine*:
- Educator Cardholders
- Institution Cardholders
- Homeschool educators (must have an Educator Card)
- Seniors (determined by date of birth entered in your library record)
*PLEASE NOTE: There are NO EXEMPTIONS for fines/fees on items borrowed from other libraries (see B.6).
Borrowing from Other Libraries
Cuyahoga County Public Library shares resources with other libraries, which allows our customers to access millions of additional items from the collections of public libraries and college and university libraries across Ohio. Here’s how it works:
SearchOhio is a library consortium that allows our customers to borrow from a collection of millions of additional books, CDs, videos, DVDs from other public libraries across the state. You can use SearchOhio to request items and have them delivered to the Cuyahoga County Public Library branch of your choice. When you request items through SearchOhio they are typically ready for pick-up within about 3-5 business days.
To use SearchOhio simply click the SearchOhio icon located on result page of our online catalog.
In your account record, view your SearchOhio requests just as you would view your other catalog requests.
We ask that you please do not remove any of the stickers, paper slips, paper bands, etc. included with SearchOhio materials.
This information must be returned with the item to ensure proper and timely processing.
For books, audiobooks, and music borrowed through SearchOhio, there is a 21-day loan period. The DVD loan period is 7 days. All items may be eligible for up to 3 renewals (if there are no other requests or holds on the items you want to renew). The late fee for all items is 50¢ a day with a maximum overdue fine of $25. An additional replacement fee of $25 will be billed for any item not returned within 30 days of the due date.
Items borrowed through SearchOhio can be returned to any of our branches.
Libraries that participate in SearchOhio include:
Through OhioLINK we provide our customers with access to millions of additional items from the collections of participating college and university libraries across Ohio.
For books borrowed through OhioLINK, there is a 21-day loan period with up to 6 renewals (renewals can be made within 7 days of the due date), the late fee is 50¢ a day.
DVDs, CDs and periodicals borrowed through OhioLINK have a 7-day loan period with up to 3 renewals, and the late fee is 50¢ per day.
Returning an item that had been billed and/or is more than 30 days overdue will incur a $50 fine. Replacement cost per item is $125.
To use OhioLINK, click on the OhioLINK icon located on result page of our online catalog.
Anyone with a valid library card from any OhioLINK institution may request that materials be sent to any other OhioLINK institution for pick-up. Books borrowed through OhioLINK may be returned to any other OhioLINK institution
Anyone with a valid library card from any OhioLINK institution may borrow materials from any other OhioLINK institution using the visiting patron feature.
You can view your OhioLINK requests in your account record, just as you view your other Catalog requests. OhioLINK requests generally take 3-5 business days to fill.
Please do not remove any of the stickers, paper slips, paper bands, etc. included with the material when you pick it up. This information must be returned with the item to insure proper and timely processing.
Items that are on order cannot be requested
and items that have others waiting to borrow them cannot be renewed.
For more information, please visit OhioLINK catalog FAQs
Library items labeled “Sizzler” are part of our browsing collection of the hottest, most popular books, magazines, CDs and DVDs. Sizzlers cannot be renewed or requested online. They are only available for borrowing from one of our branches on a first-come, first-served basis.