Borrowing & Fees

Borrowing Time Limits

Anchorage residents may check out up to 50 items at a time including:

  • Books — 21 days
  • Magazines — max 5 for 7 days (no renewals)
  • DVDs — max 5 for 7 days
  • CDs/Audio Books — max 10 for 21 days
  • Book Club Bags  max 2 for 42 days (no renewals)
  • Read with Me, Lapsit, and Storypacket Bags — max 1 each for 21 days
  • Holds — up to 10 holds at a time
  • Partner library limits will vary by location.

You can renew most items up to two times. Magazines, Book Club Bags and items with holds can not be renewed.

Late & Damaged Materials Fees

If you return library materials late, or if you damage or lose library materials, you will need to pay a fee accordingly. For damaged/lost material, you will be charged retail price in order to replace the item in the library.

  • 50¢/day - adult books
  • 25¢/day - magazines, youth books and story packets
  • $1/day - all media (DVDs, CDs, VHS, audio books, Playaways) and Book Club Bag kits
  • $5 maximum fines per item; items over 17 days late will be charged a replacement fee, plus a $5 processing fee per item. See staff for details.
  • Fines may be paid through your online account, at a library self-check machine or at a library desk.
  • Fines of $100 and more are sent to a collection agency.
  • Replacement fee payments can only be made at home libraries or online.
  • Please note: Materials owned by partner libraries are subject to the owning libraries fines, fees and limits.