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Borrowing, Renewing and Returning

Item Loan Renewals Overdue/day Max/item
Books, CDs 3 weeks 2 $.30 $10
DVDs 1 week 2 $1.00 $10
Magazines 1 week 1 $.30 $10
Hot Picks 3 weeks $.30 $10
Interlibrary Loans Varies $1.00 no maximum
Books, CDs 3 weeks 2 $.20 $8
DVDs 1 week 2 $1.00 $8
Magazines 1 week 1 $.20 $8
Doll Kits 1 week
eBooks, eAudio Up to 3 weeks
Digital Magazines Keep them
Garden Tools
Maximum 5 at a time 1 week 1 $.30 $10
Energy Lending Library
Electricity Usage Monitors 1 week 2 $.30 $10
Thermal Cameras 1 week 2 $.30 $10



  • Borrow materials with your Arlington Public Library Card
  • Items marked in the Catalog for “In-Library Use Only” cannot be borrowed. Examples: Some reference materials, magazines at Central Library, and materials in the Center for Local History collection.


  • Materials will be due one full loan period from the date of renewal
  • Renewing overdue items online will automatically add the overdue fine to your account
  • Items on hold for another borrower cannot be renewed


  • Return regular materials 24/7 to any Arlington Public Library location
  • Return Doll Kits to the Youth Services Desk at Central and the Service Desk at Library Branches
  • Return Energy Lending Library items to the Circulation Desk at Central and the Service Desk at Library Branches
  • You may return overdue materials in the book drop; please pay the fine on your next visit

Avoid Overdue Fines

Pay Fines and Fees

  • Pay online through your Library account
  • Pay by cash or check at any Library location
  • Pay by credit card at any Library location
  • Mail payment by check or money order to
    Central Library
    Attention: Circulation
    1015 N. Quincy St
    Arlington, VA 22201Please include library card number with payment
  • Telephone payments accepted only from outside the Arlington/Washington metropolitan area and only when an account has been blocked

Delinquent Accounts

  • Have between $8 – $25 of unpaid fines or lost items
  • Cannot borrow, renew, or place holds on materials, or log in to premium sites

Collection Agency

  • Library accounts may be submitted to Unique National Collections, Inc. for recovery when they have a balance of $25.00 or more, and a non-negotiable service charge of $10.00 is added to the account.
  • Accounts submitted to collections cannot borrow, renew, or place holds on materials, log in to premium sites or use public computer stations
  • Accounts with balances higher than $1000 in outstanding material or monies owing are submitted to the Arlington County Treasurer’s Department for recovery.

Lost and Damaged Materials

  • Items that are overdue for 28 days or more are considered lost
  • Replacement costs are billed for lost and damaged materials
  • Fees for lost materials will not be reimbursed if those materials are later recovered
  • The Library cannot accept replacement copies of lost materials in lieu of fees