Borrowing & Fines

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Loan Periods

Item Type Loan Period
Art-to-Go 8 weeks
Book Club Kits 6 weeks
Books, Audiobooks, Nonfiction DVD, Music CD, Books with Discs, Toys, Discovery Kits, Storytime Kits, Audio Player 3 weeks
Express Books 2 weeks
DVDs, Video Games, Magazines, Laptops, DVD Player, Video Camera, Hotspots 1 week
Express DVDs 2 days

Staff may request a photo ID to confirm identity when checking out equipment.


Item Type Renewals
Most books, CDs, toys, and adult nonfiction DVDs 2
DVDs, Video Games, Magazines, NEW Items 1
Art-to-Go, Equipment, Holiday items, Express Items, Reserved Items, Discovery Kits 0

After an item has been renewed the maximum number of times, it must be checked in and shelved before it is available to the same cardholder.


Holds can be placed on items through the catalog, or by calling the library. You can choose to pick them up at the Downtown location or on the Bookmobile.

You can have up to 10 items on hold at a time. If you'd like to place more than ten holds, you can place those at the Help Desk for 50¢ each.

When an item is ready for pick up, we will send a notification by email, phone, or postal mail. If you’re having problems getting our notification emails, add to your address book.

If you don't need an item right away, you can log into your account to freeze the hold which will suspend your request.

Hold Delivery

Iowa City Public Library Chomp DeliveryCHOMP Delivery will bring you your items on hold from the library when we are open. A CHOMP account is required and delivery fees apply.

How it works

Once your holds are ready for pick-up at the Downtown Library, log into CHOMP's website and schedule the delivery.

CHOMP charges for this service beginning at $2.99 plus a $1.49 convenience fee. The total cost depends on how close you live to the Library. CHOMP delivers to Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, University Heights, Hills, and Tiffin.


The overall limit for borrowing items is 75 per person. Most items don’t have limits. Those with exceptions are:

Item Type Limit
Art-To-Go 2
Express DVDs 2
Video Games, Adult or Children's 2
Book Club Kits 1
Audio Player 1
DVD Player, Camera, Hotspot 1
Video Camera 1
Laptop, Laptop/Hotspot Bundle 1
Discovery Kits 1

A borrower may not present multiple cards to increase the number of items he or she is allowed to take.


Fines are charged for late materials and replacement fees are charged for materials returned with damage or not returned.

On the due date, items returned to the building after closing or returned to a Remote Book Drop after 1 pm are considered late.

Item Type Fines per day Maximum fine
Most items $0.25 $7.50
Express DVDs, Audio Players, DVD Player, Video Camera, Hotspots $1 $10
Laptops, Laptop/Hotspot Bundle $5 $15

If you reach $10 or more in unpaid fines or replacement fees, you won’t be able to check out or reserve any items until they are paid. These can be paid in-person at the Help Desk or online by logging into your account and selecting Pay Online.