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Prince William Public Library
Check Out, Return and Renew Materials


How do I renew books and materials?
Items may be renewed in person at any branch OR by calling our automated Telephone Renewal line 703-792-4885 OR through our Library web catalog. Items on hold for another patron cannot be renewed. 

How long can I keep the books magazines and DVDs I checked out today?

Most items check out for 3 weeks; magazines DVDs and videos check out for 1 week. 

What fines are charged if the books are not returned by the due date? 
The fine for most overdue materials is 20¢ per day with a maximum fine of $5.00 per item. Special library materials, such as audiovisual equipment and items borrowed on interlibrary loan, have minimum fines of $1.00 (or more) per day. Fines are paid in person at the Circulation Desk or through the Library System's online credit/debit card payment system.  Loss of library privileges may result when you owe $20.00 or more in fines and fees. 

If I lose a book do I have to pay for it?
You are responsible for all materials checked out on your card and for any fines or lost book charges on your record. 

How much does it cost to check out books?
You may borrow books or other materials for free; however you are responsible for any fines or fees on your record.

How many items may I check out?
A patron may have up to 150 items checked out on their record at any one time.  In order to check out you must present your library card or library card number.

Where do I return the items?
Items borrowed from one branch may be returned to any branch in the Library System. Outside book drops are available at each branch for after hours return of materials. A book drop is also located at the Manassas train station and the Virginia Gateway Shopping Center in Gainesville and the McCoart Building.


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