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Library Policies

​Summary of Policies and Services

Patron Registration
  1. Patrons must show identification with current address when applying for a library card. Children and young adults under age 18 must have a parent/guardian’s signature.
  2. New patrons without address identification are limited to 1 item on their first visit.
  3. Patrons are responsible for all materials checked out in their name.
  4. To gain access to an adult patron’s record, the patron must be present or the library card or library card number must be presented.
Borrowing and Returns
  1. A patron must have a valid library card to check out materials.
  2. Most materials circulate for 3 weeks; DVDs, and magazines circulate for 1 week.
  3. Items may be placed on hold either in person, by phone, or through the Library's web catalog. ​The maximum number of holds a card holder can have at any one time is 8.
  4. Materials not available at one Prince William public library location may be requested from another Prince William public library location through our interbranch loan. There is no fee for this service.
  5. Materials not available at any Prince William public library may be requested through our interlibrary loan (ILL) service. There is a fee of $3 for any ILL that is filled.
  6. Patrons are responsible for returning all borrowed items by the due date and for any fines or fees accrued. Although the library notifies users of items that are overdue, this process may occur sometime after the due date. Lack of notification does not excuse the user from returning items on time or the payment of fines accrued.
  1. At the regional and community libraries, current magazines do not check out. Current issues check out at the Neighborhood Libraries.
  2. Periodicals circulate for 1 week.
Phone: 703-792-4885
  1. Books may be renewed in person, by telephone, or through the Library's web catalog.
  2. Books may be renewed 4 times.
  3. Items on reserve may not be renewed. 
Overdues & Fines
Fines for most Library materials are 20¢ per day, $5.00 maximum per item
Fines are paid in person at the Circulation Desk. There is no maximum fine per card. All library privileges are suspended when a library account reaches $20.00.
60 days after an account exceeds $24.99 (fines, fees, lost materials) it becomes a debt collection issue and an additional $10.00 service charge is then added to the account.
Exceptions to the fines above are as follows; audio-visual equipment, CD players, overhead projectors, CPR kits, engravers, reference books, and ILL materials.
There is a $1.00 fee to replace a lost library card.
Loss of Library Privileges
Loss of library privileges may result when a library user has fines and fees on his/her record totaling $20.00 or more.
The Prince William Public Library System offers programs for children, teens and adults. Storytimes, movies, workshops, and community information programs are just a sampling of the programs offered throughout the year. Pick up our “Calendar of Events”, call your nearest library or log onto for information. Some programs require registration or tickets. All programs are free. Signing for the deaf and hearing impaired is available upon request three weeks in advance of the program.
The Management and Government Information Center (MAGIC) is located at Chinn Park Regional Library. MAGIC serves as the local government resource center for the Library System. MAGIC is a specialized collection providing access to online services dealing with local, regional and state government legislation, regulations and administrative issues, information on current issues of concern to the citizens of Prince William
County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, and access to Federal information, legislation and regulations. Call 703-792-4880 for MAGIC service.
The Ruth E. Lloyd Information Center (RELIC) is located at Bull Run Regional Library. It serves as a research center for the history of Virginia, Prince William County, and the Civil War. This non-circulating collection includes a wide variety of materials such as maps, periodicals, books, microfilm and photographs. RELIC serves as the Library System’s genealogical resource offering research tools such as CD-ROM databases to assist individuals in family history searches. Call 703-792‑4540 for RELIC service.
Copy Machines
Coin-operated copiers are available at all libraries. The cost is 15¢ per copy.
Friends of the Library
Friends of the Library provide valuable support for library activities. Contact your nearest library location for
membership information.
Meeting Rooms
Meeting rooms at all full-service libraries are available without charge for use by non-profit cultural and civic organizations.
For information and reservations, call:
Bull Run Regional Library, 703-792‑4500
Chinn Park Regional Library, 703-792‑4800
Central Community Library, 703-361-8211
Potomac Community Library, 703-494‑8126 


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