Library Cards and Accounts

Checkout Limits and Renewals

You may check out 30 items per library card at a time.

The library now provides automatic renewal for your materials. Most materials will renew up to 3 times as long as they are not on request for another customer. See below for renewal limits and restrictions. See our list of frequently asked questions on automatic renewals to learn more.

Lucky Day materials are currently available for checkout at select branches. These items are non-renewable, non-holdable, and have shortened loan periods.

All materials except interlibrary loans can be returned to any public library in Maryland.

Type of Material Cost Item Limit Loan Period Renewals
Books Free 30 3 weeks YES
Books (Lucky Day) Free 30 7 days NO
Downloadable or streaming (eBooks and other digital media)
Free Hoopla: 6
Overdrive: 6
RBdigital: 12
Varies, depending on title YES
Compact Discs (CDs) Free 6 3 week YES
DVDs / Videos Free 6 1 week YES
DVDs (Lucky Day) Free 3 3 days NO
16mm Films Free 6 3 weeks NO
Music Cassettes Free 6 3 weeks YES
Audio Books (Books on Tape / CD) Free 6 3 weeks YES
LP Records (Vinyl) Free 6 3 weeks YES
35mm Slides (photo sets) Free 6 3 weeks YES
Maps Free 30 3 weeks Must be renewed in person
Magazines (Except for Central Library) Free 30 3 weeks Must be renewed in person
Marina Items
Free 30 3 weeks YES, can be renewed two times only
OCLC Items
Varies, cost is determined by lending library 30 Varies, set by lending library NO

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