FAQs: Borrowing Items

Here are our standard loaning periods:

  • Audiobooks: 3 weeks
  • Board Games: 3 weeks
  • Books: 3 weeks
  • Learning Kits: 3 weeks
  • Mobile Hotspots: 2 weeks
  • Music CDs: 3 weeks
  • Preloaded Tablets: 3 weeks
  • Cake Pans: 1 week
  • DVDs/Movies: 1 week
  • Fishing Poles: 1 week
  • TV Series: 2 weeks
  • Video Games: 2 weeks
  • Wellness Kits: 1 week


You may renew your items online unless they are overdue. Overdue items may be renewed over the phone.

The following items may not be renewed:

  • An item requested by another person
  • An item that has already been renewed once
  • Interlibrary loan material 


Here are the maximum number of items you can check out by type, per card:

  • Board Games: 2
  • Learning Kits: 2
  • Mobile Hotspots: 1
  • Preloaded Tablets: 1
  • DVDs: 5
  • Video Games: 2
  • Wellness Kits: 1

If an item is checked out, you may reserve it. This is called placing a hold. Holds are made by using the website, calling or requesting help from a staff member. 

We will contact you when the item becomes available. The item will be held for 3 days.

After 3 days, it will move to the next person on the list, or be placed back on the shelf.

Interlibrary loans are available on items not owned by Saline County Library and are 6 months old or older. You must have a valid Saline County Library card and be in good standing. Gateway card patrons need to use their home library for interlibrary loans.

Request forms for interlibrary loan are available at the service desks and need to be filled out as completely as possible, especially for special formats such as large print or audio. There is a $1.00 fee charged per filled request for interlibrary loan materials.

In order to continue offering interlibrary loan services, it is necessary to maintain good relations with cooperating libraries. Library materials should be returned promptly. The loaned materials are due according to the owner library’s due dates.

Sometimes the library lending the book will put special restrictions on the materials, such as use within the library. The Saline County Library, in fairness, must insist on compliance with such restrictions. You will be contacted when the requested material has been received. If you fail to pick up an interlibrary loan that has been ordered, the library may refuse to order for you in the future. You will still owe the $1.00 fee.

You may suggest material for the library to purchase for the collection. If the item is purchased, you will be placed on hold for it. While the library will attempt to order as many suggested materials as possible, we will evaluate purchase requests based on price, reviews, publication date and availability.

Overdue fines begin to accrue the day after the material is due.                               

Overdue fines are 10 cents per day per item. The maximum fine per item is $5.00.

Overdue fines for special items (like cake pans, tablets, mobile hotspots or board games) are $1.00 per day. The maximum fine per item is $10.00.                                                                           

Those owing more than $5.00 in fines and fees will be prohibited from checking out items.

If any piece is missing from a kit or board game, you will be charged an additional fee. 


If an item is claimed lost by a patron or by the library, the patron will be responsible for replacing the item either by paying the cost of the item or giving the library a replacement copy. A replacement copy is defined as a brand new, exact copy of the item with the same ISBN and format.

Users who return damaged items to the library will be assessed a fee.

Damage includes, but is not limited to, items which have had barcodes and other library markings removed, water damage, torn pages, writing, chewed edges or excessively dirty.

If the damage cannot be repaired, you will be charged the replacement cost. If you pay for a damaged item, you may keep it. If damage is due to a disaster, such as a fire or a tornado, there will be no cost for damages; however, proof must be provided that this disaster occurred. Examples of proof are: insurance paperwork, police report or a newspaper clipping with details.

It is both the library staff and the patron’s responsibility to note any condition problem at the time of check out and not after the item has been returned. The last person to have the item will be charged for the damage.

Borrow eBooks from Overdrive. When you log in, it will ask for your library card number and PIN, which is the last 4 digits of your phone number. Search for the title you are looking for, tap or click the cover, and choose "Borrow."

If you need help, see the Overdrive help page.

It doesn't matter which location you checked the item out from, you can return it to Herzfeld Library in Benton or Boswell Library in Bryant.