This page covers how to borrow items from your Library.
Below you’ll find information on who can check out items, loan periods (or how long you can check things out for), fines for overdue items, fees for lost or damaged items, and how to make a credit card payment.
For questions on how to renew items please visit the “Renewing Items” page.
A planned system upgrade to the Library’s catalog is scheduled Oct. 16-18. As a result, the Library’s online systems will be limited or unavailable from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Following the software upgrade, catalog improvements include:
You may check out books and other materials if you have a current valid Pierce County Library card and have a balance due of less that $10 on your account.
If your account has unpaid fines and fees totaling more than $10, checkout privileges will be suspended until payment is made reducing the total to under $10.
More information more on borrowing privileges and library card eligibility.
3 weeks is the basic loan period for most library materials:
1 Week for entertainment video materials:
1 Day for special overnight loan
1 month special loan period:
Checked out items must be returned by the due date for each item to avoid fines. Items returned to a book drop after closing will be considered returned the same day. Due dates for each item checked out to you can be viewed from the Items Out screen of your account within the library catalog.
Our basic late fine rate is 15¢ per day for each overdue item, with a maximum accrual of $6. There are a few special exceptions to this rule.
The fine amounts above apply to each overdue item per day (including library closed days). For example, two late books would incur a combined fine of 30¢ per day.
Fines are charged from the first day of overdue, the first day after the due date. By the time an overdue notice reaches you, you will already owe a fine. Items with several parts, such as an audiobook with multiple parts or a movie that has a part 1 and part 2, are considered returned when all parts are returned.
Get advance notice of upcoming due dates via e-mail. When e-mail is the chosen option for library notification, you will automatically receive a notice in advance of due dates for items on your record.
You will be charged to replace non-returned, lost or destroyed library items, or to repair damaged library items. Pierce County Library does not accept in-kind replacements for lost or damaged items.
The library is not responsible for repair of equipment used to play library materials.
You may pay any fine or fee on your Pierce County Library account online with any of the following credit cards:
Login to your account, click on the Fines & Fees tab, and follow the credit card payment instructions.
*PCLS is temporarily unable to process payments made using Mastercard credit cards that begin with the number 2. Please use another form of payment or see a library staff member for assistance. The library is working to resolve this issue.
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