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 Item Limit Loan Period Renewals
Books 30 3 weeks YES
Books (Lucky Day) 30 14 days NO
Downloadable or streaming (eBooks and other digital media) Hoopla: 6
Kanopy: 6
Overdrive: 6
RBdigital: 12
Varies, depending on title YES
Compact Discs (CDs) 6 3 week YES
DVDs / Videos 6 1 week YES
DVDs (Lucky Day) 3 5 days NO
Customers may have a maximum of 6 DVDs on their card at a time (including Lucky Day).
Blu-rays 6 1 week YES
Video Games 2 3 weeks YES
Audio Books (Books on Tape / CD) 6 3 weeks YES
Playaways 6 3 weeks YES
Playaway Launchpads 1 3 weeks YES
16mm Films 6 3 weeks NO
Music Cassettes 6 3 weeks YES
LP Records (Vinyl) 6 3 weeks YES
35mm Slides (photo sets) 6 3 weeks YES
Maps 30 3 weeks Must be renewed in person
Magazines (Except for Central Library) 30 3 weeks Must be renewed in person
Marina Items 30 3 weeks YES, can be renewed two times only
OCLC Items 30 Varies, set by lending library - may have cost determined by lending library NO

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