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Borrow Books and More 
If you have a library card at the Orange County Public Library you can borrow books, audio books, movies, music CDs and magazines. 

Check-Out Periods

Books, CDs, magazines & audio books

21 days


7 days

Carrboro Branch Library materials

21 days

Carrboro Branch Library movies

7 days


Check-Out Limits
You can check out up to 40 items on a card at any given time. Within this limit you can have:

  • 5 DVDs
  • 5 video games

Renew Materials
Most borrowed items may be renewed up to two times, unless the item has been requested by another customer. You may renew items:

Request Holds 
As a library card holder, you may request to have library materials held for you. You may place holds on items currently available on the library shelf; however, the library cannot guarantee holds will be immediately filled as another library user may have already placed a hold on the materials. 

When the materials become available, the library will contact you by email or telephone. We will hold your requested materials for 7 days. 

You may request a hold:

Interlibrary Loan 
If you would like to borrow a book not owned by Orange County Public Library, you may request an interlibrary loan to borrow books from another library system. You may make interlibrary loan requests in person at any Orange County Public Library location. We will require a a processing fee of $3 at the time you make your request.

Suggest a Purchase
We invite you to suggest for us to purchase materials we don’t currently have in our collection by completing out suggest a purchase form

Library Policies and Fines and Fees
We have policies to ensure we provide a welcoming and safe library and that our resources are well-cared for. Just like other libraries we charge fines and fees for overdue materials. Read here to find out more about our library policies and our fines and fees.