How to Borrow

Unlimited borrowing per card, however there are limits based on types of material, patron type and subject.

Library materials may be borrowed for the following lengths of time:

2 day for requested reference material.

Material Type Loan Period
Books, Book/Recording Sets, Recorded Books and Pamphlets

3 weeks

There is a limit of 3 books on one subject.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Material 2 weeks
Magazines 2 weeks
Music CDs 1 week
DVDs 5 days
Video Games 5 days

When are materials considered late?

All Library materials must be returned on or before their due date.  Initial due dates are listed on receipts received at checkout.  Due dates extended through the renewal of eligible materials are available by accessing your Library account for renewals performed online or by phone.

Overdue materials may be subject to late fines.  

Borrowing privileges are suspended for users who have received a third overdue notice for any currently checked out item.

Where can I return Library materials?

Library materials can be returned  either inside the library at the Circulation Desk or outside the library in the book drop.

I think I have returned an item, but it's still attached to my record?

Patrons are responsible for any library materials borrowed on their card until they are checked in at a Waterford Township Public Library and cleared from their list of checked out items.  If you believe you have returned an item, you must call or visit the library to claim it returned.  To expedite the process, it is strongly suggested that you visit the library and request staff to check the shelves for it. 

If the item is not found, you will have until the end of the library's billing cycle to locate it and return it before a replacement charge is applied to your record.  Until the item is found or replacement charges are paid, you will continue to receive overdue notices and the item will appear on your record with its status changed to that of a Claimed Returned/Disputed Item.  This status will also be applied in cases where an item appears on your record that you do not recall checking out and the same notice and billing cycle apply.

The surest way to know that an item is no longer checked out to you is to request a return receipt at check-in.

Downloading from our digital collections

Cardholders have access to downloadable books, movies and music through online resources and other digital collections.  For additional information, visit elibrary.

Accessing Library databases

The Waterford Township Public Library offers access to many electronic databases on a variety of topics from the arts and humanities to science and technology available both in the library and at home.  Many of these databases include full-text articles, audio and video content, and resources in languages other than English.

Please note that many databases that can be accessed from outside the Library will still require you to enter your Library card number and PIN.