Self Check-outIf you don't feel like standing in line, and you only have books to check out, try our self check-out machine. (If you are checking out CDs or DVDs, please use the staff-assisted checkout.)
To use the machine, scan your library card and then follow the instructions. At the end of the transaction, you can get a printout of your checked out books and have a copy emailed to you if your email address is on file.
Loan PeriodsBooks, MP3 Playaways and Books on CD can be checked out for an initial period of 21 days.
DVDs, music CDs, VHS videocassettes and LPs can be checked out for 7 days.
If there is no hold on the item, it can be renewed ten times. If someone has placed a hold on your item, you may not renew it.
Fees• Return item by due date -- No fee
• Item not returned in 30 days after due date -- $5 overdue fee
• Item not returned in 60 days after due date -- Lost/damaged fee
Media (CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, videocassettes) $15
• Fees totaling $40 or more – library card blocked from checking out materials
• No fees are charged to library accounts for kids ages 19 and younger
Library users can pay fees with their Visa or MasterCard online by logging into their catalog account. Cash payments can be made at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Neighborhood libraries cannot accept cash payments.
Item LimitsYou may check out a maximum of 50 books at a time, 10 DVDs and 10 CDs.
Returning ItemsYou may return borrowed items at any DC Public Library; it does not matter where you checked them out.
Interlibrary LoansInterlibrary Loan is a way to request books, microfilm, articles and other material not owned by the DC Public Library. The service is available to DC Public Library customers with current library cards in good standing.
Customers assume cost of postage, insurance and handling charges. If the lending library charges a borrowing fee, that must be paid by the requesting customer. Materials cannot be requested from the Library of Congress.
You can find out more information on the Interlibrary Loans page.