ALERT- Carver County Library locations closed beginning March 18, 2020, click here for more information.

Borrowing & Renewing

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Note- please see our COVID-19 information page for information on due dates and no late fines during the time when the buildings are closed.  

There is no limit on the number of items you can check out. Most of our material 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 your library, 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.  (It used to be six weeks.)
  • 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.
  • Items from another library system (Interlibrary Loan) are checked out three weeks for books and CDs and one week for movies and can’t be renewed. 

Search for physical material in our catalog, and eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines using their specific platform.

You can renew materials at the library, by phone at 952-279-5244, or online with your library card number and four digit PIN. You'll need the barcodes of any items you want to renew.

You can return all items at any of our library locations and Cologne Express locations at any time book drop (Mayer Express currently doesn't have an operational book drop). Victoria Express has a book drop open during Victoria Recreation Center open hours.  You can drop off any Carver County Library item, plus most items from any library in the seven-county metro area. 

Overdue Fees

If you keep your material past your due date, the late fees are: 

  • $.10 per item per day for Juvenile material. The maximum fine for each overdue item is $2. 
  • $.30 per item per day for Adult material. The maximum fine for each overdue item is $6.

Cards with a balance of $10 or more are blocked from placing holds, checking out and renewing items until the total is less than $10.  You can pay your library fines and fees online in your account with a credit card.

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.