Library Card Use Polices

You may register for and use your library card for free at any Delaware County Libraries (DCL) member library. To register, you will need identification that includes a current street address. Each borrower (or guardian) is responsible for all materials checked out on the card. For borrowers under age 18, a parent or guardian's co-signature is required. Your card's blue Access PA sticker allows you to register and use most public libraries in Pennsylvania.

Please report a change of name, address or phone number to the library immediately. You will be asked to update this information every three years.

People living outside of Delaware County who do not have an Access PA library card may annually purchase a non-resident card. This card may only be used at the library at which it was purchased.

People who work in Delaware County and do not have an Access PA library card can use their work address to apply for a free non-resident card. Cards are renewed annually.

A replacement library card costs $3.*

You may not borrow any more items from Delaware County Libraries if you owe more than $20 in fees or if you have a book more than two weeks overdue.

*All policies and costs subject to change

Standard Circulation --21 days
New items-- 14 days (some libraries)
Renewals (3 times)--21 days (standard), 14 days (new items)
Video/DVD--3 days (feature), 7 days (other)
Periodicals and other (music, CD-ROM, art prints, vertical file)-- 21 days

Most items may be renewed three times. You may not renew an item if others are waiting to borrow it (if there is a "hold" on it), if it is overdue or if you owe fines. Videos, DVDs, CDs and CD-ROMs are not renewable.

You may renew items online at Have your library card ready when you or go online, as your card number is necessary to retrieve your record.

Juvenile Materials $0.10 per day
Adult Materials $0.25 per day
Videos/DVDs $1.00 per day
Interlibrary Loans (Items borrowed from Non-DCL Libraries) $0.50 per day
Print charge $0.50 per notice

If you want an item that is checked out from a DCL member library, you may place a hold on that book at any DCL library's circulation desk. When the item is returned, it will be held for you at your local library. You will be notified when the item arrives. Held items must be picked up within three days. Some restrictions apply.

If you need an item not held by a DCL member library, you may ask the library staff to try to find it in another library via a national network or through Access PA. You will be notified when the item arrives. Items must be picked up within three days. Some restrictions apply.

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