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February 13, 2016

Using the Library

Get Started : Check Out & Return

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Library Closed Monday, Feb. 15

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15.

 

Possible service interruption in online Library services Feb. 13 - 14

The Library will be performing maintenance on our network. While we are not expecting service interruptions during this period, there might be brief interruptions in online services. You will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but may not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) may experience outages as well. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also may be affected.

Check Out & Return

How many items may I borrow and how long can I keep them?

Check the chart for information on borrowing times and late fees for all borrowers. You may check out 50 items. Your digital book downloads do not count toward this limit.  

 

ITEM

LOAN PERIOD

Books, magazines, pamphlets, CDs, audiocassettes, albums, videocassettes

21 days

DVDs

14 days

Interlibrary Loan

varies

Reference loan

varies

 

Where can I return items I borrow?

Return items to any Library location or book drop.

 

Book drops at all branches are open 24 hours a day.

 

Book drops at the Central Library are open the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

It may take a couple of days for an item to be cleared from your account because of the large volume of returns. Items checked in after the date of return are back dated to avoid late fees. If an item remains on your account for more than a day after return, please speak with checkout staff at your local branch or call Borrower Services at 206-386-4190 during open hours. You may also hand your returns to a staff person at any library location, and ask for a return receipt at that time.

 

 

Renewing Library Items

 

How do I renew items?

Use the Library Catalog

  • Use TeleCirc, the automated phone service at 206-386-9015
  • Call or visit any Library location

 

You need your Library card and PIN to renew online or through TeleCirc and your Library card to renew by phone or in person.

 

Can I keep items past the due date?

Most items can be renewed twice if no one is waiting for them. The renewal period is the same length as the original loan period (see chart above.) Note: Interlibrary Loans may not be renewed.

 

Vacation loans: If you know you will need items for an extended period, ask a librarian for a vacation loan. Note: Vacation loans are not available on items with holds or on Interlibrary Loans.

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