Borrowing, Returning, and Overdue Fines

Borrowing Library Items

Books and Magazines
Checked out for 3 weeks.
May be renewed three times if no one else has requested the item.

Books on CD

Maximum of 12 checked out at time.
Checked out for 3 weeks.
May be renewed three times if no one else has requested the item.

Music CDs
Maximum of 12 checked out at a time.
Checked out for 3 weeks.
May be renewed three times if no one else has requested the item.

eBooks

Maximum of 10 checked out at a time.
Checked out for up to 3 weeks.
May not be renewed.

DVDs
Maximum of 12 checked out at a time.
Checked out for 1 week.
May be renewed three times if no else has requested the item.

Museum Passes
Maximum of 1 per person per week.
Checked out for 1 week.
May not be renewed.

eReaders

Maximum of 1 checked out at a time.

Checked out for 3 weeks.

May not be renewed.

Returning Library Items

Items can be returned to any Saint Paul Public Library location.

When a library is closed, please return items to the after-hours book return.

Returning to Libraries Outside of Saint Paul

Most items can returned to any Twin Cities metropolitan area public library. The items will have the return date marked and will be sent to the Saint Paul Public Library. When they are received in Saint Paul, the check-in will be back-dated to date the item was returned to the other library. (Items will still appear on customers' cards until they are checked in at a Saint Paul Public Library.)

Exceptions

  • Rental collection books must be returned to a Saint Paul Public Library.
  • Rental collection DVDs must be returned to the library from which they were checked out.
  • Items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan must be returned to a Saint Paul Public Library.
  • eReaders must be returned to the library from which they were checked out.

Overdue Fines

  • Adult Items - 30 cents per day; $10.20 maximum per item
  • Juvenile Items - no charge
  • DVDs - $1 per day; $10 maximum per item
  • eReaders - $1 per day; $10 maximum per item

Library items (including e-books) may not be checked out to accounts owing more than $10 in fines.

Lost Items

Bills are sent for the replacement cost of items that are long overdue:

  • Books, magazines, CDs: 42 days
  • DVDs: 18 days
  • eReaders: 18 days

The replacement fee is non-refundable.

The Saint Paul Public Library does not accept customer-purchased replacements.