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 DVDs, Music CDs, Read-Along Sets, Toys, Discovery Kits, Read with Me Kits, Personal CD Player 3 weeks
Express Books 2 weeks
Movie & TV DVDs, Video Games, Magazines, Laptops, DVD/Blu-Ray Player, Hotspots 1 week
Express DVDs 2 days

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

Renewals

Item Type Renewals
Most books, CDs, Toys, Read with Me Kits, Adult Nonfiction DVDs 2
DVDs, Video Games, Magazines, NEW Items, Book Club Kits 1
Art-to-Go, Equipment, 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

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 or postal mail. If you’re having problems getting our notification emails, add libraryaccountnotice@icpl.org 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.

Limits

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, Young Adult or Children's 2
Book Club Kits 1
Audio Player 1
DVD Player, Hotspot 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

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

We will send a reminder email two days before an item’s due date and twice after its due date if we have your email address. If we don’t have your email address, we will send two notices by mail.

Items returned to the building after closing or returned to a Remote Book Drop after 1 pm are checked in the following day.

Item Type Fines per day Maximum fine
Most items $0.25 $7.50
Express DVDs, Audio Players, DVD/Blu-Ray Player, Hotspots $1 $10
Laptops, Laptop/Hotspot Bundle $5 $15
Items in the Children's and Young Adult Collection No fines No fines

Replacement fees are charged based on the item’s loan period.

Item Loan Period Replacement Fee
7-day loan 14 days after due date
14-day loan 18 days after due date
21-day loan 21 days after due date
Equipment 3 days after due date

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.