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Borrowing Policies

What can I borrow from Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) libraries?

Your Washington County Cooperative Library Services library card is your key to over 1.6 million items ranging from books, magazines, music and audiobook CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, e-books and e-audiobooks, and materials in many different languages.

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In addition, you can check out unique items, such as:

Cardholders may also access a variety of online indexes, full-text magazines and newspapers, reference sources and research databases, as well as e-books and e-audiobooks.

How many things may I borrow from WCCLS libraries?

Generally, cardholders may borrow up to 100 items at a time and have 50 holds requests. However, certain types of library cards and certain types of materials have special limits. For example, cardholders may only borrow and request up to 50 DVDs, 25 Blu-rays, and 10 electronic games at any given time.

What is the loan period?

Most books and audio items are loaned for 21 days, most DVDs and Blu-rays for 7 days, and Cultural Passes for 24 hours. Other special materials may have different loan periods.

Refer to the receipt provided when you check out materials for a list of each item and its due date. If you don't have your receipt, you may also review a list of all items checked out on your card and when they are due:

  • By phone: Call 503-846-3245 any time, 24 hours a day. Be prepared to enter your library barcode and password when prompted.
  • Online: Visit any time, 24-hours a day through the WCCLS catalog. Click on Patron Account and enter your barcode number and password to access your information.
  • In Person: Ask a librarian for assistance at any WCCLS library.

May I renew my items?

Cardholders in good standing may renew most items for up to four additional loan periods if other library users are not waiting to use the materials.  Click here to learn how.

What happens if I don’t return items on time?

Most print and audio items have a fine of 15 cents per day for each day the item is overdue up to a maximum fine of $5.00.

DVDs, Blu-rays, and most 7-day loan materials have a fine of $1.00 per day for each day the item is overdue up to a maximum fine of $5.00.

Special items may have different fines applied. Cultural Passes, for example, have a fine of $10.00 per day for each day the pass is overdue up to a maximum of $30.00. Ask your library if you have a question about a special item.

Cardholders will be charged replacement costs plus a processing fee for lost items, and may also be charged for damages to items borrowed from the library.

Borrowing privileges are suspended on accounts with $10.00 or more outstanding in fines and fees.

As a courtesy, WCCLS sends a reminder 3 days before library items are due to cardholders who have selected to receive library notifications by e-mail or text.

WCCLS notifies cardholders by e-mail, phone, text, or mail when items are overdue. Bills are sent when items are overdue for 25 days. Be sure to pay fines and return materials promptly to avoid referral to a collection agency. Cardholders may also monitor their account:

  • By phone: Call 503-846-3245 any time, 24 hours a day. Be prepared to enter your library barcode and password when prompted.
  • Online: Visit any time, 24-hours a day through the WCCLS catalog. Click on Patron Account and enter your barcode number and password to access your information.
  • In Person: Ask a librarian for assistance at any WCCLS library.

Where can I return materials?

Return materials to any Washington County Cooperative Library Services member library. The WCCLS Courier delivery system will return them to the owning locations.

A notable exception to this are the Cultural Passes to Adventure which must be returned to the lending library.

How do I apply for library card?

Click here to learn who is eligible for a card and to learn how to apply for one.