Borrowing and Returning

Borrowing Items

Loan Periods

Most library materials can be checked out for 3 weeks.

DVDs can be checked out for 1 week.


  • Books: 100
  • Books on CD: 25
  • Music CDs: 25
  • DVDs: 25
  • Lucky Day items: 2

Download Limits

  • cloudLibrary e-books: 25
  • OverDrive e-books: 25
  • RBdigital audiobooks: 10

Returning Items

Items can be returned to any Saint Paul Public Library location.

When a library is closed, please return items to after-hours book returns.

Returning to Libraries Outside of Saint Paul

You can return most items to any Twin Cities metropolitan area public library. The library will note the return date and send the items back to the Saint Paul Public Library. When they are received in Saint Paul, we will back-date the check-in to date noted by the other library. The items will still appear on your card until they are checked in at the Saint Paul Public Library.


Lucky Day books and DVDs must be returned to the library from which they were checked out.

Items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan must be returned to a Saint Paul Public Library.

Renewing Items

All items except Lucky Day items can be renewed for 3 additional loan periods unless another person has requested the item.

To renew items log in to your account or call 651-292-6002.


The Saint Paul Public Library does not charge late fines.

Lost or Damaged Items

You will be billed the replacement cost for checked out items that are long overdue or returned damaged or incomplete.

The replacement fee is non-refundable. The Saint Paul Public Library does not accept customer-purchased replacements.

Fees can be paid in person by cash or check or online using a credit card. To pay online, log in to your account.

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