Borrowing

Loan Periods

Most items can be renewed five times at any branch, via the online catalogue, by calling our Automated Renewal System at 905 430-7913, or at any of our catalogue terminals.  Rapid Reads, Rapid Views cannot be renewed.  Items that are on hold for another patron cannot be renewed.  All items are due by closing time on the due date.

WHITBY PUBLIC LIBRARY LOAN PERIODS
TYPE LIMIT LOAN PERIOD
Non Fiction No Limit 3 weeks
Fiction No Limit 3 weeks
Fiction - Rapid Reads No Limit 5 days
Magazines No Limit 7 days
Magazines - Rapid Reads No Limit 5 days
DVDs No Limit 7 days
DVDs - Rapid Views 2 per card 2 days
Video Games No Limit 7 days
CDs No Limit 7 days
Audio Books No Limit 3 weeks
CD ROMs No Limit 7 days
Language Tapes No Limit 6 weeks
Encyclopedias No Limit 7 days
Reference Material Not Loaned 0 days

Overdue Charges

WHITBY PUBLIC LIBRARY OVERDUE CHARGES
MATERIAL TYPE FINE PER DAY MAXIMUM PER ITEM
Adult $0.25 per item $10.00
Teen Books $0.20 per item $8.00
Children's Material $0.10 per item $5.00
All CD's and CD-ROMs $0.25 per item $10.00
DVDs, Blu-rays, Video Games
and Rapid Reads
$1.00 per item $10.00

Borrowing (including Overdrive & Lynda.com content) and public computer use privileges are suspended when outstanding charges total $10 or more.  At that point, fines must be paid in full to reinstate privileges.  

How to Renew Material

Most items can be renewed five times at any branch, via the online catalogue by logging into your account and going to the Checked Out list, by calling our Automated Renewal System at 905 430-7913, or at any of our catalogue terminals.  Rapid Reads, Rapid Views cannot be renewed.  Items that are on hold for another patron cannot be renewed.  All items are due by closing time on the due date.

Collection Agency for Overdue Accounts

Unique Management, a collection agency specializing in libraries, provides the Whitby Public Library with assistance in recovering long overdue items and fines.  Accounts with materials overdue by 50 days or more or carrying fines of $35.00 or more will be referred to Unique Management.  A $15.00 non-refundable administration fee will be added to those accounts.

This policy was implemented in an effort to bring long overdue items back to the library.  Non-returned items are not available for other customers to borrow.  Replacing these items can be costly, using library funds which would be better spent purchasing new materials.

This policy does not affect the vast majority of customers who return their materials on time. Most library items can be renewed in person, by phone or on-line.  After-hours book drops are also available at all 3 locations of the Whitby Public Library.

If you are interested in learning more about the library's collection agency and overdue materials, please click here.