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Borrowing, Renewing and Returning


Item Loan Renewals Overdue/day Max/item Holds
Books, CDs 3 weeks 2 $.30 $9 Yes
DVDs 1 week 2 $.30 $9 Yes
Magazines 1 week 1 $.30 $9 No
Hot Picks 3 weeks $.30 $9 No
Interlibrary Loans Varies $1.00 no maximum NA
Doll Kits 1 week Yes
Overdrive eBooks Up to 3 weeks Yes
Overdrive eAudiobooks Up to 3 weeks Yes
hoopla eAudiobooks 3 weeks – borrow 6 hoopla titles per month Always Available
hoopla streaming music 1 week – borrow 6 hoopla titles per month Always Available
Zinio Digital Magazines Keep them No
Connection: Crystal City – Games, Tech and Tools
DIY Collection 3 weeks 2 $.30 $9 No
Games and Puzzles 1 week 1 $.30 $9 No
LaunchPads 1 week $.30 $9 No
Preloaded eReaders 3 weeks $.30 $9 No
Tech-to-Go 1 week $.30 $9 No
Tools 1 week 1 $.30 $9 No
Energy Lending Library
Electricity Usage Monitors 1 week 1 $.30 $9 Yes
Thermal Cameras 1 week 1 $.30 $9 Yes
LED Lightbulb Kit 1 week 1 $.30 $9 Yes
Garden Tools
Maximum 5 at a time 1 week 1 $.30 $9 No

Per the County Board’s FY 2017 Budget, as of July 1, 2016, the daily fine for all overdue items except interlibrary loan are $0.30 per day. 


  • 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 22201
    Please include library card number with payment

Delinquent Accounts

  • Have lost library materials and/or an account balance of $15 or more
  • 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
  • Accounts with Lost items cannot borrow, renew, or place holds on materials, or log in to online Research and Learning Tools.
  • 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