FAQs: Borrowing Items

Here are our standard loaning periods:

  • Audiobooks: 3 weeks
  • Board Games: 3 weeks
  • Books: 3 weeks
  • Entertainment Equipment: 2 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: 2 weeks
  • TV Series: 2 weeks
  • Video Games: 2 weeks
  • Wellness Kits: 1 week

eLibrary loaning periods:

  • Libby: 2 weeks
  • Overdrive: 2 weeks
  • Kanopy: 72 hours
  • Freegal: Downloads are yours to keep
  • Hoopla: 72 hours

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 twice
  • Interlibrary loan material 

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

  • Board Games: 2
  • Entertainment Equipment: 1
  • Learning Kits: 2
  • Mobile Hotspots: 1
  • Preloaded Tablets: 1
  • DVDs: 6
  • Video Games: 2
  • Wellness Kits: 1


  • Libby: 5 at a time/7 holds at a time 
  • Overdrive: 5 at a time/7 holds at a time
  • Freegal: 3 downloads/week
  • Kanopy: 10/month
  • Hoopla: 5/month

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, entertainment equipment, or board games) are $1.00 per day. The maximum fine per item is $10.00.

Overdue fines for the Entertainment Equipment Kit: PSVR is $1.00 per day. The maximum fine is $18.00.                                                                           

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. You will now select "Mid-Ark Regional Library System" as your library. When you log in, it will ask for your library card number and PIN, which is the last 4 digits of your phone number or your 4 digit birth year. 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.

These book boxes allow the people of Saline County to have free access to reading materials 24/7, 365 days a year, whether the library is open or not. Our mission is to provide reading material to our community free of charge without ever having to come to the library.

Book boxes are located at the following: 

Bryant Center: 6401 Boone Rd, Bryant

Crow's Station: 17202 AR-5, Benton

Healing Waters: 14032 Sardis Rd, Shannon Hills

Lance's Convenience Store: 3821 Edison Ave, Benton

Paron Community Center: 22163 AR-9, Paron

Riverside Grocery: 4444 AR-5, Benton

Salty Harbor: 17250 I-30, Benton

Book Club Kits include a tote bag, luggage tag (with barcode), its numbered books, and a Sign-out sheet. Each Book Club Kit is checked out for 60 days and there is a late fee of $.10 per day.

If there is a lost or damaged book, the book must be replaced or paid for by either the patron that checked out the Book Club Kit, or the patron that signed out the book. If the entire Book Club Kit is lost, there will be a fine that equals the entire price of the contents of that particular Book Club Kit. The fine will go to the patron that checked out the Book Club Kit.