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Borrowing Limits, Loan Periods, and Fines

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How many items can I borrow?

  • Regular Card: 60
  • Area E Single Card: 5
  • Area E Student Card: 5
  • Institutional Card: 60
  • Temporary Card: 5 items
  • BC OneCard: 60 items

How long can I have them?

  • Loan period is 3 weeks for most items
  • Some exceptions include Magazines and Library of Things

Can I renew items?

  • Unless there is someone else who is waiting for the item and has placed a hold on it, most items can be renewed up to 2 times
  • Some exceptions apply, such as tablets

How many holds can I place?

  • 10 hold requests per card, including 2 interlibrary loan requests

Overdue, Lost or Damaged Items


  • No fees for overdue items
  • Items not returned 45 days after the due date will become “lost” and replacement fees will be billed to the borrower’s account
  • Borrowing privileges will be suspended until lost items are returned or replacement fees paid
  • Damaged materials: patrons will be charged the replacement cost

NOTE: The above applies to Nelson Public Library cardholders only. Local library polices apply for patrons whose home membership is with another library