Library Circulation Policies

The rules for how to borrow, renew, request, and return library materials.

Borrowing Materials

Patrons in good standing may borrow:

  • Borrowers over the age of 17, 125 items
  • Borrowers ages 6-17, 75 items, including 6 DVDs
  • My First Card, 25 juvenile print items

Loan Periods and Renewals

All items with the exception of feature film DVDs may be borrowed for 3 weeks.

Feature films may be borrowed for 7 days.

If not requested by another borrower, all items may be renewed. Renewals may be done in person, by phone through Telephone Renewal (317-269-5222) or on the website at My Account.

Overdue Materials

The Library charges a rate of $1.00 per day per item for overdue Magni-Cams and CD-ROMS. Juvenile and Teen materials are charged at a rate of $.15 per day per item. All other items are charged at a rate of $.25 per day per item.

Overdue fines are not charged for items checked out on My First Library Cards.

Overdue Reminders

The receipt provided at the time of check out serves as the official notice to the Borrower of when materials are due.

Reminder notices may be sent to those who have registered for email or telephone reminders. Please contact your nearest location for details.

Lost or Damaged Items

Items that are lost or damaged will be charged the cost of those items as listed by the Library's catalog. With pre-approval, a replacement copy of the item may be substituted; however, a $10 restocking fee will be charged.

Requesting Material

Items not on shelf at your location may be requested in person or through the Online Catalog. There is a maximum of 75 requests per borrower at any given time. Borrowers may sign-up to be notified by email, text, or telephone. Items requested may be returned to any Indianapolis Public Library location. If material you want to request is not available in our catalog please contact us about an Interlibrary Loan.

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We will work with you regarding your fines. Please contact a staff member.

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