Check Out Limits and Late Fees

How many items can I check out on my library card and how long can I borrow them?

Item Limit Number
of days
Late Fee
per day
Max Fee***
Music CDs 10 21 days 25¢ $4.99
Entertainment VHS tapes 5 21 days 25¢ $4.99
Entertainment DVDs & Blu-rays 6 21 days 25¢ $4.99
Non-fiction DVDs 6 21 days 25¢ $4.99
Fiction and non-fiction books * 21 days 25¢ $4.99
Audiobooks on CD * 21 days 25¢ $4.99
Non-fiction VHS tapes * 21 days 25¢ $4.99
Magazines * 7 days 25¢ $2
Bestseller Express Books 5 14 days $1 $9.99
Playaway Audiobooks * 21 days 25¢ $4.99
Playaway Views 1 14 days $1 $9.99
DVD Dispenser**
DVD Express 2 3 days $1 $9.99
Video Games 2 14 days $1 $9.99
Book Group in a Bag 1 42 Days $1 $10
Interlibrary Loan 10 varies $1 $10
Speciality Items varies varies $1 $10

Remember: Your card belongs to you. Don’t share your card with others

* With your library card you can check out up to 99 items

** The DVD dispenser currently has a limit of 2 Discs, which can be 2 movies, 2 video games, or 1 of each.

*** Customers with $10 in late fees or charges over 60 days old lose library privileges and their account is blocked

Returning to Book Drops

  • Save time and gas—Return your books, DVDs, music CDs and other library materials to the library’s book drops located throughout Shawnee County.
  • Materials returned to the library’s book drops are back-dated to the last date that book drop was emptied. Most book drops are emptied every day.

When are late fees charged?

  • Late fees are assessed when an overdue item is returned or renewed.
  • If the overdue item is still checked out, the customer’s account will not reflect the daily late fee.
  • After an item is six months overdue, late fees are waived and the customer is charged the replacement cost for the item.
  • Customers who have accrued late fees in excess of $10 for unreturned items may also have their account blocked.

How do I pay fees?

Read How to Pay Fees for more information about fees. For specific questions about your library account, ask Library Staff at the Customer Service Desk or Bookmobile, call 785-580-4424, or use the online Ask a Librarian services.