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Borrowing Basics

Borrow, place holds, renew, and return your items.

It’s easy and convenient to borrow, place holds, renew, and return your items, either online or in person at any community Library.

Borrow up to 99 items.

Our collection of nearly 1.4 million items includes books, digital books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, magazines, newspapers, and even musical instruments. It’s a good thing you can take out up to 99 items at a time (including up to 30 DVDs and Blu-rays).

Library loans for three weeks.

You can keep books, magazines, CDs, and audiobooks for three weeks, and DVDs and Blu-rays for one week.

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Easily renew your items.

You can renew your items:

  • online, by signing into your account
  • at the self-checkout stations in any Library
  • by calling 403.262.2928
  • or by asking staff in any Library

Most items can be renewed up to four times. Interlibrary loans and items on hold for other patrons can’t be renewed.

Place a hold online.

You can place a hold on an item at another Library location or on an eBook or audiobook by logging into your account. Just find the item in the catalogue and place your hold. You can place up to 50 holds.

Once your hold arrives at your Library it will be available for pick up for seven days. You'll be notified by email or phone that it's ready for pickup. You can change your notification settings online.

Log in to your account to temporarily pause or deactivate your holds. This is useful if you’re going on vacation, for example, so you don't lose your place on the wait list.

Return your items to any Calgary Public Library location.

You can return items to any of our 21 locations using the self check-in machine or return chute. You do not have to return your items to the same Library you borrowed them from.

Every Library, including Central Library, has an external book chute for after-hours returns. The return chutes for Saddletowne Library at the Genesis Centre, Seton Library at Brookfield Residential YMCA, and Rocky Ridge Library at Shane Homes YMCA are available only when the adjoining recreation facilities are open.