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In general, there is no limit on the number of items that may be checked out. However, some exceptions are noted as follows:

  • DVDs/Music CDs/VHS limited to five per card.
  • Art prints are limited to one per card.


Library staff reserve the right to further limit the quantity of titles on a subject, by a specific author or for other reasons if demand or availability at the time warrants such action. The number of materials a client will be allowed to check out in that case is at the discretion of library staff.  If the situation warrants, materials may be placed on reserve for library use only. Reserves can be placed on material that is in circulation. Materials cannot be renewed if a reserve has been placed by another client. Reserves placed by Carbondale Public Library card holders take precedence over reserves placed on the same titles by clients from other libraries.


Borrowers are responsible for all items checked out on their card. This includes any fines due to late return and fees for damage or loss of an item. A service charge of $.50 is added to each overdue notice or bill that is mailed to clients. The library will refund payment for lost material if found and returned within 30 days of payment. However, the $5 processing fee for lost or damaged materials is non-refundable.


The normal lending periods and fines for each type of material are listed below:


Material Loan Period
Fine (per day, per item)
Adult fiction and nonfiction 3 weeks once 15 cents
Juvenile fiction and nonfiction 3 weeks once 15 cents
Juvenile magazines1 3 weeks once 15 cents
New adult fiction 7 or 14 days once 25 cents
New adult nonfiction 3 weeks once 25 cents
Adult magazines1 7 days nonrenewable 25 cents
VHS/DVDs/Music CDs1 7 days nonrenewable 25 cents
Audiobooks1 (including Playaways) 3 weeks once 25 cents
Exam materials (Call #: 371)3 3 weeks nonrenewable 25 cents
Interlibrary loan items2 2 week nonrenewable 25 cents
Art Prints3,4,5 3 months nonrenewable $1.00
Equipment4,5 up to 7 days nonrenewable $1.00
Newspapers library use only

Most recent issue of magazines library use only

Reference materials library use only

Pamphlet file materials library use only

Toys library use only


  • 1 $1.00 fine assessed if items are returned in book drops.
  • 2 Interlibrary loan items from outside Shawnee Library System are renewable at discretion of owning library. Check with Interlibrary Loan clerk.
  • 3 $10.00 Deposit Required
  • 4 Circulate only to Carbondale Public Library card holders.
  • 5 Equipment includes slide projector, display board.


Maximum fines are as follows:

$30 on equipment and art prints; $5 on all other types of materials. All borrowers are subject to the lending and fine policies listed above. This includes individuals who borrow materials on interlibrary loan from Carbondale Public Library.

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