• UPDATE!

    All branches of the Santa Clarita Public Library will be closed Monday, October 13th for Staff Training Day.

Circulation Policies

LIBRARY CARDS

To check out materials, each library customer must have a valid, barcoded library card.  There is no charge for the initial library card for any resident of California.  There is a fee for replacing a lost, stolen, or damaged card.  Library cards are non-transferable.  Fees are established within the City of Santa Clarita Fee Schedule.

LOAN PERIODS AND NUMBER OF RENEWALS ALLOWED

Reference Materials:  Reference materials do not circulate

Adult and Juvenile Books:  21 days; 3 renewals

Sound Recordings (compact discs, cassettes, books on CD, books on tape, playaways):  21 days; 3 renewals

Videos / DVDs:  7 days; 3 renewals

Magazines:  7 days; 1 renewal

HOLDS

If an item is not available or is located at another library, a customer can place a hold on it.  When available, it will be delivered to the Santa Clarita Public Library location of the customer’s choice.  There is no charge for placing a hold on an item available via the Santa Clarita Public Library catalog.  Some items may not be holdable.

INTERLIBRARY LOANS

If an item is not available to borrow from either the Santa Clarita Public Library’s collection, the Inland Library Network’s collection, or other participating resource-sharing partner’s collection, the item can be requested via Interlibrary Loan from another library system.  There will be no fee for Interlibrary Loans from participating resource-sharing partners such as the Inland Library Network.  There will be no fee for Interlibrary Loans from the Los Angeles County Public Library System.  A nominal fee, as established in the City of Santa Clarita Fee Schedule, will be charged for Interlibrary Loans, with exception to loans from the Inland Library Network and the Los Angeles County Public Library System.

FINES

Fines are calculated on the number of days that the library is open.  No fines are charged for materials lost in natural disasters (fire, flood, death of the cardholder) with an accompanying insurance, police or fire report.  Fines for overdue items checked out with an adult card or a juvenile card is established in the City of Santa Clarita Fee Schedule.

RECOVERING OVERDUE MATERIALS

The Santa Clarita Public Library will send an overdue notice to the customer 14 days after the item is due.  At 28 days after the item is due, a bill is sent to the customer requesting that the item be returned and fines paid or the cost of the item plus a processing fee, which is established in the City of Santa Clarita Fee Schedule.  Six weeks after an item is due, the Santa Clarita Public Library will send the customer’s account to a collection agency.

The Santa Clarita Public Library will use a collection agency to recover lost materials with a value over $50.  At 14 days following the second notice, the account is referred to the collection agency and a fee, established in the City of Santa Clarita Fee Schedule will be added to the customer’s account