Items check out for three weeks, except for DVDs which check out for one week.


Patrons may have up to 50 items checked out at a time, not to exceed a value of $1,350. Within the limit of 50, there can be no more than 10 each of videotapes, CDs, audiobooks, or 5 DVDs.


All items can be renewed twice except when: “Your account is blocked” or “Someone else has requested the item” Items can be renewed online, by phone or in person at any branch.


The fine for overdue materials is 15¢ a day with a maximum of $5.00 per item; except DVDs, which accrue a fine of $1.00 a day with a maximum of $10.00 per item. When items are overdue, your account will show the fine you would owe if the items were turned in today. The fine can’t actually be paid until the items are returned. Accounts with a balance of $10.00 or more in accrued or estimated fines are blocked.


Resident library cards expire every two years and non-resident library cards expire every year. Library cards can be renewed in person at any Cobb County Library location by presenting ID with the current street address. Library accounts with balances due must be paid in full before cards are eligible for renewal.

A library account is Blocked (privileges suspended) if $10.00 or more is owed on the account. Library accounts will also be blocked when 10 or more items are overdue. Possible charges include fines for materials returned late, replacement fees for lost or damaged materials, Interlibrary Loan charges, or estimated fines for overdue materials.


Circulation loan periods for interlibrary loan materials will vary due to stipulations from the lending libraries. The overdue fine for interlibrary loan materials is $2.00 per day with no maximum. For more information about interlibrary Loans, please sent our Interlibrary Loan Guidelines Policy.

Approved: Library Board of Trustees
February 25, 2013
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