Borrowing Guidelines

New Materials may be checked out for a period of three weeks. A book is renewable, unless on hold for another patron.

Videos may be checked out for one week and renewed for one week, unless on hold for another patron. Limit of 5 new and 10 regular DVDs per library card.

Most materials may be checked out for a period of three weeks. A book is renewable, unless on hold for another patron.


You may place a "hold" on an item if an item is checked out or on the shelf. You will receive notification when the item is available for check out.

Notification options are email, text, phone, or postal mail. When picking up items on hold, you must use the library card that the items are reserved under.

Items not available through our consortium (Valley Library Consortium), may be reserved through MeLCat, Michigan’s statewide catalog system.

Overdue, Lost, or Damaged Materials:

Lapeer District Library does not charge daily late fines for materials that are returned past the due date. Patrons are encouraged to return or renew items at or before the due date. There is a charge for lost and damaged materials.

Overdue notices can be sent to your e-mail address upon your request.

FIRST NOTICE of most materials is sent after the item is one week overdue.

FINAL NOTICE is sent on most materials after two weeks overdue.

Items approximately three weeks overdue will be given status of LOST. At this time a processing fee per item will be charged. When an item goes to the status of LOST, patron may be referred to a COLLECTION AGENCY and an additional $10.00 plus the replacement cost of each book is added to the borrower's account.

If the library has not purchased a replacement for the lost item, and the item has been returned within six months of the lost status, the replacement cost of the item will be removed from the borrower's account. However, the  processing fee per item and the $10.00 collection agency fee will still be due. If you have paid for lost items, and they are found, they are your property; refunds will not occur.

Lost items borrowed from non LDL libraries are subject to the owning library's billing policies.

The library is not responsible for any equipment damage that may be caused by the use of library audio/visual materials.