Checkout Limits and Late Fees

Currently we are not charging late fees on items.

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 20 21 days 25¢ $4.99
Entertainment DVDs & Blu-rays 20 21 days 25¢ $4.99
Nonfiction DVDs 20 21 days 25¢ $4.99
DVD Express *** 5 7 days $1 $9.99
Fiction and nonfiction books * 21 days 25¢ $4.99
Audiobooks on CD * 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 Launchpads 1 21 days 25¢ Varies by Launchpad (between $75 – $140)
Book Group in a Bag 1 42 Days $1 $10
Interlibrary Loan 10 varies $1 $10
Specialty 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

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

*** DVD Express items can not be put on hold or renewed.

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?

Currently we are not charging late fees on items.
  • 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.
  • No late fees are charged on “juvenile” and “young adult” books, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks and Playaway items. For any item which is damaged or not returned within six months, replacement fees will be charged.

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.