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Loan Periods and Fines

Contacting the Circulation Staff
Members may contact the Circulation staff by phone at 415-393-0101 during Library open hours or anytime via email at circulation@milibrary.org.

Outreach Services
Members who are ill or disabled permanently or temporarily, or are caring for an ill or disabled family member or friend may request that books or magazines be mailed to their homes.

Renew Materials
Items may be renewed online, by phone or in person at the Circulation Desk.

Requesting Materials
Materials in the collection may be requested and held for pickup at the Circulation Desk. Members may place holds for items that are checked out or may request that an item on the shelf or in the basement be held for them. Items that are not in the library's collection may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

View your library account
Members are responsible for all items checked out on their Library cards. No one else may use your library card without your written permission. Overdue, damaged, and lost items will be subject to fines and charges. Your Library account is confidential.

Checkout Periods

Loan period and limits for different item groups at the library
Material Loan Period Limit Renewable? Fines/day
New Fiction 2 Weeks 8 Yes - 1 time $0.25
New Non-Fiction 2 Weeks 8 Yes - 1 time $0.25
Travel Books 2 Weeks 3 Yes - 1 time $0.25
Audiobooks 2 Weeks up to 10 discs / 4 Weeks 11+ discs 5 Yes - 1 time $0.25
eBooks 2 Weeks 2 Yes - 1 time N/A
eMagazines As Long As You Wish No limit N/A N/A
eAudio 2 Weeks 5 Yes - 1 time N/A
Videos/DVDs 1 Week Fiction / 2 Weeks Non-Fiction 5 Yes - 1 time $0.50
Magazines 1 Week 10 Yes - 1 time $0.25
Music CDs 4 Weeks 5 Yes - 2 times $0.25
Other 4 weeks 8 Yes - 2 times $0.25

Max Fines and Account Suspension
Maximum overdue fines for any individual item is $15.

Library privileges are suspended when fines and/or fees total $30 or more.