Borrowing, Renewing &
Returning Library Materials
How many items may I check out?
There is no limit on the number of items that a registered customer in good standing may check out. Under special circumstances, library staff may limit the number of items that can be checked out. The customer is responsible for all materials borrowed on his/her card. Report lost or stolen library cards immediately.
How long may I keep library materials?
The loan period for most library materials is 21 days and 7 days for videos, DVDs, music CDs and Readers Express books. Most items may be renewed four times UNLESS another customer has reserved the item. Materials may be renewed over the phone or over the Internet on the library website. Customers will need their library card for all transactions (at the branch, over the phone or online).
May I check out videos and DVDs?
Yes. Any cardholder whose account is in good standing may borrow videos and DVDs. Videos and DVDs may be borrowed for 7 days. Videos and DVDs may be renewed for four loan periods unless the item is on reserve for another customer.
How do I renew materials online?
Renewing library materials can be done in two ways:
- From the home page of the San Diego County Library: click on the "Renew/Request" link (located under the Library Catalog Search box in the upper-right corner). Then, login on the "My Library Account" page. Once you've logged in, click on the "Checked-Out Items" button to view the items you currently have checked-out.
- From within the online library catalog: click on the "My Library Account" link. Once you've logged in, click on the "Checked-Out Items" button to view the items you currently have checked-out.
- When typing in your library account number (i.e. barcode), the "0" in the number needs to be included. Also, there should be no spaces between the numbers.
- Once you have logged in to your account, click on the "Checked-Out Items" button. This will display the items you currently have checked out.
How do I renew materials over the phone?
Library materials may be renewed over the phone by calling (858) 514-4765.
Where may I return my library materials?
Items may be returned to any San Diego County Library branch. Book drops are available for after hour returns.
What if an item is checked out?
Most items may be reserved. See Requesting Library Materials for more information.