Borrowing

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The Library offers you thousands of items to borrow, from books, DVDs, CDs, music scores and magazines to downloadable books, music, movies and more. All you need is your library card for access!

How many items may I borrow and for how long?

For most materials, you may borrow up to 999 physical items at a time for a 3 week period. If you need more time, you can renew the item(s) as long as no one else is waiting for them. Your library card also gives you access to streaming and downloadable items, which you can access from anywhere with an Internet connection.

A few item types have specific limits.

Bestsellers: Bestseller books have a 3 week loan period. Bestseller DVDs have a 1 week loan period. All materials marked as Bestsellers are not renewable.

Video games: All Video games have a 3 week loan period. Video games not renewable.


Returning Items:

Items may be returned to any public library (not school or university libraries) within Allegheny County and will be checked in from your account on the day received. Items returned to book drops will be checked in the day received. Items returned to outdoor book drops after the Library is closed will be back-dated to the previous day’s date as long as they are in the first collection of materials prior to 8 am.


We promise to:

  • Protect the confidentiality of your records in accordance with the law and our policies.
  • Provide equal and fair access to all cardholders.
  • Work with you to resolve account issues in a fair manner.
  • Provide and maintain a collection of materials to meet our customers’ needs.
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