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Borrowing & Renewing

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This page was last updated 7/13

As of August 3, 2020 our check out periods return to our regular loan lengths. Items currently on the shelf and those that come in will be held for 14 days. At present, there will be no fees assessed on late items.  See below for complete details.


There is no limit on the number of items you can check out. Most of our material, including books, CDs, and magazines, can be checked out for three weeks and renewed up to four times if there are no holds. Some exceptions:

  • DVDs are checked out one week.
  • Lucky Day books are checked out for two weeks. 
    • Depending on the library you checked out at, you may have one or two checked out.
    • These can’t be renewed.
  • Book Club Kits are checked out for eight weeks. 
    • These can’t be renewed. 
  • For eBooks/eAudiobooks, you can have five items checked out from Cloud Library and ten eAudiobooks from RB Digital for three weeks. 
    • Cloud Library allows renewals on items without holds.
    • RB Digital magazines have no limits on checkouts and there is no due date.
  • Items that came from another library system (Interlibrary Loan) are checked out three weeks for books and CDs, and one week for movies.
    • These can’t be renewed. 

If you use an Express Library, we check items out before we put them in your locker, this will make your checkout time slightly shorter than the above. 

When items you've put on hold come in, you'll get an email or phone call when it's ready for you. We'll hold it on the shelf for you for 14 days after the initial check out. 


You can renew items that are allowed per the above up to four times. Please have your library card handy when you renew. You can renew materials:

  • Online with your library card number and four digit PIN.
  • In open locations during open hours.
  • By phone at 952-279-5244. 
    • You'll need the barcodes of any items you want to renew before you call in.
  • In our mobile app.


You can return items at any open library location during open hours. You can also return items at any time in book drops at all library locations and Carver, Cologne and Mayer Express Libraries. Victoria Express has a book drop open during Victoria Recreation Center open hours

Items that came from another library system (Interlibrary Loan) that were checked out of a Carver County Library must be returned to a Carver County Library location.

In addition to Carver County Library items, you can return most items checked out from any library in the seven-county metro area. For those items, we insert a slip with the returned date, and your item is checked in as of that date when it gets back to the original system. This may take up to a week or two.

Overdue Fees

At present there are no fees being assessed for overdue items.

Overdue, Lost, or Damaged Material

Bills are sent for the replacement cost of items that are long overdue or damaged. Borrowers are responsible for replacement cost (the retail cost of the item plus a processing fee). The replacement fee is non-refundable.

We don't accept customer purchased replacements.

Carver County Library uses the materials recovery agency Unique Management Services to encourage patrons to return billed items to the library. Accounts are sent there  if customers didn't return materials after receiving our notification of a $50 or more account balance.  These accounts are also assessed a $10 service fee.