How to Check Out Library Materials
Materials can be checked out at the Circulation Desk or at the Self-Check stations. You must have your library card with you to check out materials. Receipts listing checked-out items and their due dates are printed. Materials must be returned by the end of the loan period. An overdue fine is charged for material returned past the due date. Reference materials and current periodicals are not available for loan.
- 1 Week: Qwik Piks Bestseller Books, DVDs, and Video Games
- 2 Weeks: New Adult Fiction
- 4 Weeks: All other books, books on tape/CD, music CDs, magazines, videos and playaways
- 8 Weeks: Sheet music, sculptures
- Note: Bookmobile loan periods may be different from this schedule
Patrons may have 75 items checked out at any one time. Due to the limited availability of some items, check-out limits have been placed on the following items:
- 2 video games per library card
- 5 DVDs and Playaways per card
- 10 of the following : Books on Cassette/CD, music CDs, CD Rom, periodicals per card
- 6 sculptures
- No limit on videocassettes per library card
- Note: Bookmobile loan limits may be different from the listed limits
Check out and hold limits for cardholders under 4
- May check out juvenile items only (print and non print except for video games). No adult print or non-print materials may be checked out on this card.
- May have no more than 5 items checked out at a time.
- May not reserve or hold items.
Some materials can be renewed for one additional loan period. Materials may be renewed in person, online at My Account or by calling any library location. Items on reserve for others may not be renewed.
Items that cannot be renewed are:
Fines & Fees
- 15 cents per day per item, with the exceptions listed below
- $1 per day per item for DVDs, Video Games and Qwik Piks bestsellers
- $1 per item for audio visual materials returned in the book drop
Note: Bookmobile fines may be different from this schedule. Accounts with a balance of $30 or more will be referred to a collection agency. Patrons will be charged a fee of $10 for each referral.
Overdue notification is a courtesy. Notification can be made by telephone or email. To ensure prompt notification, please inform the library of a change in contact information. The library is not responsible if notification is not received. Contact the library if you wish to receive email notification.
- $1 Computer Use Only Card
Lost & Damaged Materials
When an item that has been checked out to a patron is reported lost, the patron will be charged the replacement cost of the item.
Replacement costs for Interlibrary Loan materials are determined by the lending library. Patrons will be liable for the cost of a damaged item, except where such damage is determined to be the result of normal wear and tear.
Where to Return Materials
Patrons may return materials to any Aurora Public Library location in person or by using the book drop. Book drops are provided as a convenience to patrons. The library is not responsible for items left in book drops. Book drops are for the return of books and magazines only. Audiovisual materials may not be returned in the book drops. The West Branch has a separate audiovisual drop. Outreach Services on Church Road has a book drop.
Restriction of Borrowing Privileges
Library patrons may be barred from checking out items or accessing the Internet when $30 or more in fines or fees have accumulated on their account.
Library cards will not be renewed for any patron with unpaid fines, fees or overdue materials.
Library Patron Account Access
Patrons may access their accounts using the library’s online card catalog through the library’s web site: www.aurorapubliclibrary.org
. A Personal Identification Number (PIN) and library card number is needed to access the account. The PIN number must be established for you by a library staff member.
Patrons have access to the following information about their library card account:
- Items checked out on their card
- Date when the materials are to be returned
- Fines, blocks, account messages
- Materials waiting for pickup at the library
- Requested items not yet available
- Home address on file with the library
Patrons have the ability to perform the following transactions:
- Renew materials (not on hold for another patron)
- Request material that is at another APL location
- Reserve material that currently is checked out to another patron
- Reserve Interlibrary Loan materials
- Change login information
Notification and Pick-Up of Reserve Items
Patrons will be notified when a reserve item becomes available. Notification may be made by telephone, mail or email. To ensure prompt notification, please inform the library of any change in contact information. Contact the library if you wish to receive email notification.
Reserve items will be held for seven days. If the item is not picked up, it will be made available to the next patron in line or placed back in circulation. Each library branch has a “self-serve” pick-up area for all reserves near the circulation desk on the main floors. If you have any questions, contact the Circulation Department at 630-264-4100 (Main), 630- 264-3400 (Eola Road Branch), 630-264-3600 (West Branch) or 630-723-2705 (Express Center).
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