Borrowing

Renewals

Items that are eligible for renewal will automatically be renewed on the due date up to three (3) times following initial checkout. Members with email notification will receive an email informing them of which items have been renewed and which items will be due. The following items are not eligible for renewal:

  • Items requested by another member
  • Magazines
  • DVD Express
  • Bestseller Express

Renewal of Interlibrary loan materials is subject to the guidelines of the lending library.

Reserves/ Holds

Members with a valid Hamilton Public Library card may reserve an item to be picked up at a preferred location. This is referred to as placing an item on “hold.” Upon notification that a reserve is available, members have 7 open days to pick up the item. The following circulating items cannot be reserved:

  • Magazines
  • DVD Express
  • Bestseller Express

Returns

Items borrowed from the Hamilton Public Library need to be returned to an HPL location. Drop boxes are available for the return of items when the location is closed. If a Hamilton Public Library item is returned to another library system in error, the card holder is responsible for all fines and associated charges. Certain items may need to be returned during open hours.

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing privileges are suspended when members have fines and/or overdue materials over the threshold limit. Suspensions only apply to physical borrowing; digital collections and resources remain accessible. See Fines and Fees Policy.