Borrowing, Returning & Renewing

Borrowing: Overdue Charges

Reference materials may be used from within the library only.
Item Type Loan Period Daily Late Charge Per Item Maximum Late Fines Per Item
All Items (except those below) 21 days $0.20 $10.00
DVDs 21 days $1.00 $10.00
Interlibrary Loan Items Assigned by Lending Library $1.00 $20.00 or value of item

Checkout Limits

Patrons are limited to borrowing up to 30 items at a time with the following limits:

  • Ten items at a time for CDs, Books on Tape/CD, DVDs and Magazines.
  • Patrons must be 18 years of age or older to check out DVDs, including Children’s items.
  • Three Interlibrary Loan requests may be in process at a time ($2 Postage Fee per item).

A maximum of 10 DVDs, CD’s, Books on Tape/CD and Magazines may be checked out at a time.

**Please note that DVDs are nonrenewable.**


Library materials may be returned to any Portsmouth library location.


Renewing Library materials is easy:

  • Most items can be renewed twice if there is no one waiting for them
  • Please note that DVDs are nonrenewable.
  • The renewal period is the same length as the original loan period
  • You need your library card and PIN to renew items using the online Library Catalog

You may also renew:

  • By calling a branch during open hours
  • In person at any of Portsmouth Public Library’s 4 locations (you do not need to have the item with you)

Have your library card with you when calling or renewing in person.