Borrowing Materials from the Library

Q: What items can be checked out?
Anything in our "circulating collection" can be checked out. This includes books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, video games, software, mobile hotspots, ukuleles, bicycles, and more.

Q: What items cannot be checked out?
A: Research materials (unless permission is given by a Librarian), magazines, newspapers, and items in the Winter Park History Center's collection. 

Q: How long can I keep the items I check out?
A: Checkout periods vary depending on the type of material.

Books, Audiobooks and CDs

3 weeks

DVDs, Video Games, and Software 

1 week

Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks

1, 2 or 3 weeks – you select the checkout period when you download the item

Mobile Hotspots

1 week


During autumn and winter: available from opening until 4:00 P.M.

During spring and summer: available from opening until 1 hour before closing

Q: Is there a limit to the number of items I can check out?
You may check out a maximum of ninety-nine items, including up to twenty DVDs and five video games or pieces of software. Additionally, full-service card holders may check out up to twenty eBooks or audiobooks.

Q: Can items be renewed? How? How many times?
A: Most items can be renewed up to four times (some exclusions apply). Renewal periods are for the same period of time as the original checkout (e.g., a book checked out originally for three weeks will renew for three weeks). Items can be renewed in person, by phone, or online.

Q: How can I reserve items to check out?
A: Full-service members may place an item on reserve if the item is checked out, waiting for another member, on order or otherwise unavailable. Requests can be made in person, by phone, or online. You may place up to ten items on reserve at a time (some exclusions apply).When your reserve comes in for you, you will be notified according to your account preferences. 

Q: How do I cancel or suspend a reserve/hold?
A: You may cancel or suspend your reserves and holds in person, by phone, or online.

Q: What if the Library doesn't have a book that I want?
 If you are a full-service member and you would like a book that the Library does not own and it is less than a year old, you can fill out a “Suggest a Purchase” form on our website, and we will consider it for purchase. If the book’s publication date is over a year old, ask a Librarian about borrowing the book through our InterLibrary Loan service.

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