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Borrowing

Library cardholders can borrow books, DVDs, audiobooks, CDs, graphic novels, video games and more. In addition, our 24/7 Online Library offers eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, movies, music and more for download, streaming or viewing online.

Loan Terms

Material Type Loan Period * Item Limits **
Books 30 days 50
High Demand 15 days 50
DVDs / VHS 15 days 10
Audiobooks 30 days 50
CDs / Cassettes 30 days 10
Video Games 15 days 10
eBooks 21 days 10 per provider
Laptops 1 hour (in library only) 1
Museum Pass 7 days (from time of check out) 1
InterLibrary Loan Determined by lending library

* Always refer to the checkout receipt for the due date of each item.
** Patrons with library cards in good standing can borrow up to 50 items.

Requesting Materials

  • Circulating materials not available at your branch library can be requested and delivered to any branch library.
  • A notification will be sent when the item arrives at your pickup branch. It will be held for seven calendar days.
  • Requests can be made in a branch library, by calling a branch library or through the online catalog.
  • There is a limit of 25 active holds per library card.

Renewing Materials

  • Items will be automatically renewed on the day the item is scheduled to be returned if there are no current hold requests from other customers. The maximum number of automatic renewals is three.
  • Tablets, laptops, museum passes and materials needed to fill patron requests will not automatically renew and should be returned by the specified due date.
  • You may manually renew eligible items by logging into your MDPLS account from our website, or calling 305‑416‑4880. You may also call or visit any of our library locations.
  • Customers with expired library cards and/or fines of $20 or more will not be able to renew materials and will have their library card privileges temporarily suspended until the card is renewed and/or the fines are resolved.

Returning Materials

  • Library materials checked out at any branch library can be returned to any Miami‑Dade Public Library System location, book drop or mobile library.
  • InterLibrary Loan items and Storytime Express kits must be returned in person to one of the public service desks at any branch library.

Lost or Damaged Materials

  • Cardholders will be charged replacement costs for any lost or damaged materials as well as for materials that are returned incomplete.
  • The Library will accept replacements for a lost or damaged item with an exact match (format and edition).

Confidentiality of Library Records

Florida Statute 257.261 provides that all registration and circulation records of every public library shall be confidential information. This information can only be given to properly identified cardholders. Questions regarding this or other library policies should be directed to your local branch.