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Borrowing from RPL

It’s not just about books anymore. We’ve got an amazing selection of materials for you to choose from, including music, films, art and more. And all you need is your library card.

Library Cards

Your library card is a lot like your favourite childhood toy — or your mobile phone.

  • It goes everywhere with you: you can use it at any public library in Saskatchewan.
  • You use it all the time: you need it for all of your library transactions.
  • You’re responsible for looking after it: and the materials you borrow with it.
  • It adds a lot to your life: you can check out up to 100 items at a time.

A few things to remember when checking out materials:

  • High demand items, like DVDs, CDs, Popular Picks, and art rental have limits on the number of items you can borrow at any one time.
  • Toys are not currently available for borrowing.
  • Most items have a 28-day loan period. Others, like DVDs and magazines, have a seven day loan period.
  • When possible, we'll give you a receipt that shows what you checked out and when it’s due. If a receipt isn't available, you can always sign into your account online to see what you have out. 
  • You’ll have to pay the cost of repairing or replacing materials that are lost or damaged while checked out on your library card.
  • Regina Public Library is not responsible for any damage or loss to persons, property or equipment sustained as a result of using or consulting RPL materials.

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Loan Periods

Loan periods are different, depending on what type of materials you’re borrowing.  

Item Loan (Days) Renewals
Art Rental 42 2 in person only
Books 28 2
Book Club in a Bag 28 2
CDs 28 2
Children's materials 28 2
DVDs/ Blu-ray 7 2
Interlibrary loan 21 At the discretion of the lending library
Literacy materials 28 2
Magazines 7 1
Musical Instruments 28 2
Popular Picks - Books 28 0
Popular Picks - DVDs 7 0
Spoken word 28 2
Toys* 28 0
Video games 7 1
Videos 7 2

*Toys are not available at this time. 

Borrowing maximums

For some materials, there is a maximum number of items that you can have checked out at any given time.

A total of 100 items can be checked out on your card at any time.

One (1) musical instrument can be checked out at any given time.

A maximum of three (3) video games can be checked out at any given time. 

A maximum of five (5) items from these groups can be checked out at any given time:

  • Art rental
  • Book club in a bag
  • Popular picks
  • Popular picks DVDs

A combined total of 20 items from these groups can be check out an any give time:

  • DVDs or Blu-ray
  • DVD or Blu-ray TV Series (Set)
  • Videos

A combined total of 30 items from these groups can be checked out at any given time:

  • CDs
  • Spoken Word

Returns

You are responsible for making sure that all the items borrowed on your card are returned by the due date.

  • You can return materials to any public library in Saskatchewan.
  • RPL has 24-hour book drops at all locations, except for Prince of Wales Branch. 
  • Toys* and art rentals must be returned to Central Library.
  • Musical instruments must be returned to the library they were borrowed from, either Central Library or Sherwood Village Branch.

Fines

Overdue fines are being waived until the end of 2020.

Starting on January 1, 2021, RPL will no longer charge overdue fines for library materials.

When you borrow materials, you'll still have a due date. You won't be charged if you miss it, but we do recommend renewing your items if you want to keep them longer.

Once you're finished with your materials, return them so others can enjoy them!

  • We’ll notify you when your items are coming due. Notification preferences can be changed in My Account.
  • You can also login to your account online to see when items are due.
  • Most library materials can be renewed, as long as no one else has a hold on them.
  • There are several ways to renew your materials:
    • Log into your account online
    • Call our hotline at 306.777.6000 or visit one of our branches during open hours, or
    • Call 306.777.6111 anytime. 

Lost or Damaged materials

Items that are kept 30 days past the due date are automatically charged a replacement fee and a $7 processing fee.

Borrowing privileges will be suspended when fees for lost or damaged materials are billed to your account. 

If an item is returned in good condition within six months of the payment date, with the original receipt, a refund for the replacement fee will be provided.

Ask a Librarian

Email Us

306.777.6000

Can’t find the materials you’re looking for?

Try our digital services – it might be available in eBook or eAudiobook format, or through one of our streaming services.

Or you can suggest a purchase.

Have more questions?

See our Help sections on Borrowing, Placing Holds and Renewing Items and Your Library Card and Account.

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