Borrowing Rules

Borrowing, Renewing and Placing Holds

The DBRL system has a collection of over 550,000 items, including popular books and music, DVDs and more for kids and adults. Most items check out for three weeks although some collections have special rules to assure better availability.

You can renew most items up to three times unless they are on hold for someone else. Renew through the catalog, over the phone, or in person at the library. You will need your library card number and the book's barcode number.

If something you want is checked-out, you can place a hold through the catalog, over the phone, or in person at the library, so that you'll be next in line to get it.

Overdue Items

DBRL operates on the principle that our patrons can be trusted to return materials in a timely manner. Currently, we do not charge fines for overdue materials.

When your materials are overdue, we send you a notice to remind you. If you still fail to return them, we send a bill for replacement costs and your card is blocked, meaning you can't place holds or check out anything until either the overdue items are returned in good condition or your replacement bill is paid.

Ultimately, failure to return library materials may result in prosecution for theft under the Missouri Revised Statutes, sections 570.200 and 570.210.

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