Lending Policies

How long can I have items checked out?
21 days –books, magazines, audiobooks and music CDs
7 days – DVDs
OverDrive downloadable book titles vary by format


How can I renew items?
Items may be renewed one time unless the item has holds.  Items may be renewed in person, via phone, or online via the catalog (www.4cls.org). Go to MY ACCOUNT


Can I place items on hold?
Yes, you may place holds, (reserves) on most items in our library catalog. Holds will be shipped to our library. One of our staff members will call you to alert you your item has arrived. You may cancel holds in person, via phone, or online. Some materials may not be held, including items in the reference collection.
It’s overdue — how much do I owe?
Material Type                                                        Fine Per Day for OUR library materials
adult material
20 cents
children’s material
10 cents
Movie DVDs
1.00 a day
Fines are based on material type, not on the type of card used for checking out. If fines of $20 or more have accrued, checkout privileges will be suspended until the balance is paid in full.


What if an item I check out is lost, stolen, or damaged while I have it?
Patrons are responsible for library materials checked out on their library card.  Charges will be assessed for lost, stolen or damaged items.  The charges would need to be paid in order to continue checking out.  Our library does not accept replacements in place of payment unless your replacement is a brand new item with the same ISBN number.


Where do I return items after hours?
There are “book drops” at all Four County Library locations for after-hours returns.At the Cannon Library, items returned in the drop before the library opens in the morning are considered returned the previous open day. Materials returned in the book drop while the library is open are checked in the same day.


If I check something out at one public library location, can I return it to another?
Yes, you may return your items to any public library in the FCLS area (Delaware, Otsego, Broome and Chenango counties) on or before the date that they are due.

Why does my library card expire?

Library cards expire every 3 years to make sure patrons update their contact information. If you card does expire just come into the library to update your information and have your card renewed. 


What are checkout periods for OverDrive downloadable books?
The default lending period for all formats is 7 days.  You may set your own default lending period on a format-by-format basis, from the following options:
Lending period options for Adobe EPUB eBooks, Adobe PDF eBooks,  Audiobooks, OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks: 7 days or 14 days


Additionally, at the time of checkout, you can select a lending period on a title-by-title basis.
Titles expire roughly around the time of day that they were checked out (within 15 minutes).

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