Renewals, Fines & Drop Box Use






When does the Library renew or check in my books and other items?

If you email or call the Library with a request to renew, the renewal will be based on the time the request is received.  Therefore, if the request is received after the Library closes for the day, the renewal will be made on the next business day.

If you place an item in the outdoor return boxes, the item might not check in until the next business day.  We usually empty the boxes once a day, in the morning, but this can vary.  We tried doing evening pickups at a specific time, but it is just not always possible due to weather.  Therefore, you should always count on your returned item being checked in the next day.

Why is this important?  If your item is due today and you renew or return it to the boxes too late, you may incur a one day fine.  To avoid this, simply bring the item into the Library for check in, or call before close of business and request a renewal.

Why does the Library even charge fines?

We have looked at the possibility of NOT charging fines, but in other libraries where they do not, items return late more often, or simply never return.  This causes other patrons to have to wait a lot longer for the item they want to check out to return, or if it does not return, costs are incurred to replace the item. So our Library Board decided in fairness to everyone, charging a small fine is an added incentive to get an item returned in a timely manner for other users.

Why does the Library have 2 drop boxes outside?

The left box is for media (audios and DVDs) only, the right box is for print materials (books and magazines) only.  We ask that you be extra careful to return items to the correct box to help avoid damage to discs, Playaways, and cases with heavy books.  Beginning December 1, we will reinstate our old fine system for items returned to the wrong box.  Some items cannot be returned outside.  All launchpads, eReaders, and items that are too big to fit easily into the book drop slots should be brought inside.  To protect the Library’s collection, if an item is damp or wet, dirty, has insects or other harmful debris or chemicals in it, or is in fragile condition, please bring inside and inform the staff.

If you have other questions about these policies, be sure to call us!

Cold and Flu season is here – ask us to bring your books/movies to your car if you are ill!

Cold and Flu season is here!

To help avoid the spread of illness, please do not visit the library if you or members of your household are ill.  Many of our patrons are infants or people with compromised immune systems who might become seriously ill from exposure to something as minor as the common cold.  If you give us notice (preferably at least 6 hours) we will be happy to gather your requested items and bring them to you at the curb.  If you have had illness in your home, please let the staff know when you return your materials so we can be extra diligent when we clean them. 

Thank you for spreading kindness, not germs!

For Stacks Mobile app users

Due to increasing costs for the HD Stacks app to link to our card catalog, we have been forced to discontinue the relationship. Fortunately, our Library Information System, Polaris, has enhanced the mobile version of our patron card catalog. You can access our patron card catalog on the Find Books and More tab, and  register your account by using your patron library card number and password you were given when you received your library card. If you need assistance, please contact the Library at 755-7350.

Upcoming Programming

BOOK CLUB MEETING– We will have 2 meetings on Thurs. Oct. 25, one at 3 pm and one at 6:30 pm.  People interested in forming or joining a book club can learn more about how to have a successful book club.

LASER TAG FOR ADULTS – Saturday Oct. 27, 6 to 7:30.  We’ll be playing rounds inside and outside (weather permitting) – dress accordingly.  Snacks will be provided.  This event is for adults only.  Childcare will not be provided.  Please RSVP no later than Wed. Oct. 24.

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TRICK OR TREAT STREET– Wednesday Oct. 31, 5-7 PM on Main Street in Valley Center.  The Library will again serve candy and Monster Punch, and will sponsor costume contests.


TRIBE TEEN/TWEEN FALL PARTY AND LASER TAG– Friday Nov. 2, 6 to 7:30 pm – RSVP by Wed. Oct 31 if you will be attending this event. This event is open to youth in grades 5 through 12.

LEATHER CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT WORKSHOP – Saturday Nov. 3, 10 am – RSVP by Monday Oct. 29 to reserve your space and kit(s).  Ornament kits are $3 each or 2 for $5.  This event is open to anyone aged 13 through adult.



SERGEANT OF THE GUARD AT NUREMBERG – Book Talk & WWII Program by Kansas Author Jim Sharp. Sponsored by the Library & Valley Center Historical Society & Museum- Sunday Nov. 4, 2 pm in the Sunflower and Cottonwood Rooms at the new Community Center.  Refreshments will be served.