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Fines and Borrowing Periods

Loan Period

  • Materials are generally loaned for a period of 21 days.
  • Quick Picks, Feature film DVDs and magazines are loaned for 7 days
  • Book Club in a Bag, 42 days
  • eBooks, up to 21 days
  • eAudio, 21 days
  • eVideo, 3 days
  • Hotspots, 21 days
  • You may borrow up to 20 DVDs per card and there is an overall limit of 60 items per library card
  • Materials taken out at one location may be returned to ANY library location

How to Return Items

Each location has a materials return chute which is open whenever the library is closed except for Cherryhill and Sherwood branches (chutes only available during mall operating hours). The Central Library has two return chutes; an exterior one located beside the entry doors facing Dundas St. and an interior one located in the wall beside the library windows facing the Citi Plaza courtyard.

Please note that board games must be returned to the location from which they were borrowed during open hours, not through the return chute.


London Public Library charges fines on overdue material except for items signed out on a child (12 and under) card.

Fines are charged on late materials on a calendar day basis at all locations. Library card registration is updated annually and any outstanding charges must be paid at that time.

Fines are charged on overdue materials up to a maximum amount per item. If materials are not returned once the maximum has been reached, a bill is issued. Bills include overdue charges plus the cost for material replacement. The Library uses the services of a Collection Agency and outstanding accounts may be referred to that Agency.

Children's cards are fine-free.

Adult Cards
Item Fine amount per item per day Maximum per item
DVDs, Quick Picks & Book Club in a Bag $1 $10
All other materials excluding hotspots 30¢ $9

Teen Cards (13-18)
Item Fine amount per item per day Maximum per item
DVDs & Quick Picks $1 $6
All other materials 15¢ $6

Senior Citizen (65+) Cards
Item Fine amount per item per day Maximum per item
DVDs, Quick Picks & Book Club in a Bag $1 $6
All other materials 15¢ $6

How to Pay Fines

Payment  for overdue accounts can be made at any London Public Library location. Debit, MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted at all locations except for Glanworth. Cash payments are accepted at all locations. Payment may also be made online through "My Account" using your Visa, Mastercard or American Express credit card, or PayPal account.

Renewing Items

By renewing your items before the due date online, by phone or in person and extend your borrowing time on selected items.

Lost or Damaged Items

Cardholders will be charged a replacement cost plus a fee for items damaged or lost.

The Library does not accept donations of materials in lieu of fines or replacement costs.