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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.

Board games

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 5 electronic games at any given time.

What is the loan period?

Most books and audio items are loaned for 21 days, and most DVDs and Blu-rays for 7 or 21 days. 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?

Three days before your item’s due date, our system will try to automatically renew it. You will receive an email or text notice letting you know which items were renewed and which items are still almost due. Most items can be renewed up to 4 times.

Please be aware that automatic renewal (and renewing items manually) may be blocked under some conditions, including:

  • Someone is waiting for the item and another copy is not available
  • You need to renew your library account

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

Library materials no longer accrue overdue fines, but remember to return or renew items on time, as accounts will be billed for items that are not returned.

  • Cardholders will be charged replacement costs for items that are lost or not returned.
  • Cardholders may be charged for damages to items borrowed from the library.
  • Replacement copies are not accepted.

Borrowing privileges are suspended on accounts with $20.00 or more outstanding in fees and charges.

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 return materials promptly and pay fees or charges. Cardholders may 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 most materials to any Washington County Cooperative Library Services member library. The WCCLS Courier delivery system will return them to the owning locations.