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CLOSING NOTICE: The Main Library will be closed on Sunday, April 20, for the Easter holiday.

Information for Borrowers

Your library card is a valuable key to lifelong learning. We hope you will use it often to borrow materials that are informative and entertaining. In order to ensure that library materials will be more readily available for everyone, we ask you to comply with the following rules and procedures:

Borrowers' Cards


Ohio residents may receive a borrower's card free of charge upon registration. There is an annual fee of $10.00 for out-of-state borrowers who are not employed or attending school in Ohio. There is a $2.00 charge for replacement of a lost or damaged card.


Registration Procedures


Applications may be completed at any library location. Applicants are required to provide one form of identification with current name and address. For example, a driver’s license, utility bill, or mail delivered by the post office. A parent, legal guardian, or legally responsible care-giving relative over the age of 18 must be present to co-sign the application of a child under the age of 18. The signer or co-signer of any application is responsible for the return in good condition of all materials checked out on that card, and for the payment of any fines or fees incurred on that card. We recommend that cards not be loaned to others. A card will be immediately issued to an applicant if another family member residing at the same address already has a valid Warren-Trumbull County Public Library card in good standing. If no family member residing at the same address has a valid card, the new card will be mailed. Two items per applicant may be checked out at the time of registration. If your library card is lost, report it to the library staff as soon as possible. Until the lost card is reported, you are responsible for all materials, fines and fees incurred on it. Once reported lost, a computer stop is set on the number of that card to prevent unauthorized use of the card.


Borrowing Materials


Anyone who has been issued a Warren-Trumbull County Public Library borrower's card may borrow materials from the library's circulating collections. You must have your borrower's card with you to check out materials! This ensures that no one else checks out materials in your name. Loan periods vary by type of material. MOST items may be renewed up to three times. Materials may be renewed in person, by phone, or over the Internet. Reference materials may be used in the library only.




If a particular item you seek is out on loan, you may have a reserve (hold) placed on it. Holds may be placed in person, over the phone or over the Internet.  When it is returned, it will be held a specified time for you, and you will be notified that the item is available. This service is free. If a copy is available at another of our branches, it can be delivered to your branch.



Overdue Material


Borrowers who return material after the due date will be charged overdue fines.

Fines are as follows:

  • Books, magazines, vertical file folders, audio recordings, Playaways - $.10 per item per day
  • Interlibrary loan material, videos and DVDs, Juvenile Big Books, and art prints - $.50 per item per day


Lost Materials


You will be charged the replacement cost plus a processing fee for each lost or damaged item. An item is considered lost when it is 42 days overdue. Accounts over $25.00 and 60 days overdue will be turned over to a collection agency or brought to litigation in court. Collection and court costs will be passed on to the borrower.



Loan Periods


Loan periods, limits, and fines for circulating materials are as follows:



Audio books on cassette and CD: no limit
21 days, $.10/day fine


CD ROMs: limit 5
7 days, $.50/day fine


Educational VHS/DVD: limit 5
21 days, $.50/day fine


Entertainment VHS/DVD: limit 5
7 days, $.50/day fine


Interlibrary loan: limit 25 total items with a maximum of 10 media items
21 days from date of checkout (unless specified otherwise) $.50/day fine


Music cassettes and CDs: limit 10
21 days, $.10/day fine


New books: no limit
14 days, $.10/day fine


Playaway audio books : limit 2
21 days, $.10/day fine


Playaway views: limit 1 (available only at the Main Library)
7 days, $.50/day fine

Print materials (books, magazines, pamphlets): no limit
21 days (unless listed below), $.10/day fine



Most material may be renewed three times unless the material is on hold for another person. The following are exceptions to the three renewals policy:

  • New Entertainment VHS/DVD (no renewal)
  • Interlibrary loans (determined by lending library) Interlibrary Loan

Books not owned by the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library can often be borrowed for you from another library. Consult a librarian for more information on this service. Photocopies of articles may also be obtained for you. SearchOhioDewey Decimal System