Officials - City of Valparaiso

Borrowing Policies

Where can I use my library card?

Your library card can be used throughout the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative. All library cards are renewed every two years and will expire if they have not been used in any of the public libraries located in Okaloosa County.

Is there a limit to the number of items allowed for check out?

A total of 15 items may be out on a single card at any given time and in any combination. Patrons may combine: books, DVDs, Blu-rays, music CDs, audiobooks, young adult books, or children's books for a total of 15 items. Most items are checked out for 2 weeks with the exception of DVDs and Blu-rays which are checked out for 1 week only*.

Please note: There is a maximum limit on DVDs or Blu-rays as listed below:
5 Regular (non-junior) DVDs or Blu-rays
5 Junior or Childrens DVDs or Blu-rays

Most items can be renewed for an additional 2 weeks (except DVDs or Blu-rays*) if the items have no requests/holds from other patrons.

E-Books are allowed a 7 day or 14 day checkout period. Users can set the due date for one or two weeks. Registered library cards are required to checkout eBooks and digital audiobooks. Items are automatically returned on due dates.

Review our Video Game Circulation and Checkout Policy

*In some cases, DVDs or Blu-rays can be renewed for an additional week if no holds are placed from other patrons. Please see library staff for assistance.

How are overdue materials handled?

The Library keeps a record of unreturned, overdue, or lost materials. Overdue fines are listed below:

- Overdue fines for books, audiobooks, and music CDs is 10¢ per day per item. 

- DVDs & Blu-rays are circulated for one week ONLY with an overdue fine of $1.00 per disc per day.  

How do I manage my account online?

In order to utilize the online account management option, you will need to follow specific instructions to access your account. With online account management, you can view your checkouts, reserve material, and renew items (which are not overdue). View instructions for online account management and benefits.

Can I loan my card to friends or family?

We highly advise that you do not loan your card to others. You are responsible for all items charged to the card, even if the card was used by someone else. We will gladly issue them a library card once they produce the required documents.

What if my library card is lost or stolen?

If your library card is lost or stolen, report it immediately. You are responsible for all materials checked out on your library card until it is reported lost or stolen. (See question below regarding lost or damaged items.) A $5.00 replacement fee is charged for lost or stolen cards. Identification is required for replacement card.

What if I lose or damage an item?

Customers are required to pay for lost or damaged materials checked out on their library card. Customers are charged the retail price of a lost or damaged item(s) plus a $5.00 replacement and processing fee.

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