Borrowing Policy

Loan Periods

There is no charge to check out library materials.  All Sacramento Public Library materials circulate for 21 days except for 1-2 disc DVD sets, which circulate for 7 days.


Most library materials, unless reserved for another patron, may be renewed for up to ten additional loan periods.  Library customers may renew materials accessing their online account, by telephone at (916) 264-2952, or in person at any branch location.

Borrower Records

Patrons with proper identification may have access to their library borrowing records. Parents or legal guardians with proper identification may have access to their children’s records only when the materials become overdue. In addition, patrons may view their record and modify some personal information by accessing their online account. A library card number and PIN (personal identifying number) code is required.

Borrowing Limits

Library patrons may have up to 60 borrowed items on their account at any given time.

Link+ Borrowing

More than 9 million books are available through Link+, a group of more than 45 libraries. LINK+ is free and accessed through the Link+ icon on the library catalog. Requested books may be picked up at your preferred branch, with a loan period of 21 days. A three-week renewal is allowed, unless the item has been requested at the owning library. Daily late fees are $1 per item, and the charge for lost or damaged items is up to $115.

Returning Materials

All borrowed materials may be returned to any library location, at any time, regardless of where the materials were borrowed.


Refunds will be given for lost & paid items when returned within 6 months, with the exception of Link+ materials.

Fees and Charges

View the complete Fines and Fees structure.

Once a card has amassed $5.00 or more in unpaid fines or fees, the card cannot be used to check out library materials until the fines or fees are paid. Lost or Damaged Materials Charges for cataloged adult and juvenile materials are determined by the unit price of the item, as listed in the catalog. Lost interlibrary loan materials are charged by the owning library ($60 minimum). The charge for lost periodicals is $5.  Lost items obtained through LINK+ are subject to a charge of $115. A nonrefundable handling fee of $5 per item will be charged for all lost or replaced items.
Late fees
Children’s materials, all magazines, and all paperbacks: $.05 per day late, $1.00 maximum, per item.
Adult materials: $.25 per day late, $5.00 maximum, per item.
All videos and DVDs: $0.25 per day late, $5.00 maximum, per item.
Charges for deliberate damage to library materials will be determined by library staff within established guidelines.
Collection Agency
Each week, accounts overdue 42 – 48 days are sent to a collection agency. If materials are returned the charge is the total overdue fees for all materials plus a single service charge of $10.00.

Other Charges
  • Returned checks: $30.00 service charge
  • Interlibrary Loan: $5.00 initial search fee. The owning library may charge additional fees.
  • No charge to check out materials
  • No charge to reserve materials (except Interlibrary Loan)