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Loan periods, renewals and fines vary based on the type of material borrowed, as follows:
Type of Material Loan Period Renewal
Books, audio books, Playaways, music CDs, Trove Kits 3 weeks 1
Adult New Books 2 weeks 0
DVDs 1 week 1
Television Series DVDs 1 week 0
Children's Bag-A-Tales 3 weeks 0
Digital Downloans: Overdrive 1 - 3 weeks No
Digital Downloans: Freading 2 weeks 1
Museum Passes 3 days 0
Hotspots 1 week 0
Launchpads 1 week 0
Fines Per Day Maximum
Adult Books, audio books, music CDs $0.25 $10.00
Adult paperbacks $0.25 $5.00
DVDs $1.00 $10.00
Children’s Books $0.10 $5.00
Children’s Paperbacks and small books $0.10 $1.00
Museum Passes $10.00 varies
Hotspots $50.00 $100.00
Launchpads $0.10 $5.00

The borrowing limit is 50 items per card, including up to 20 each of the following types of materials: CDs, DVDs, Playaways, and audio books.

Renewals of materials may be made in-person, by calling the automated renewal line at 914-674-4169 or online. Telephone and online renewals are available 24/7. See the above chart for renewal limits. Renewals cannot be made on items that are overdue, on hold, or on interlibrary loan. Only patrons in good standing may renew items.

Holds may be placed on most circulating items of the WLS catalog and can be picked up at or returned to any WLS library. Patrons may reserve in person, by phone at 422-1480 or online. Patrons are notified by email or phone (per the patron’s preference) when the hold becomes available. Items are held for seven days. Interlibrary loans may be placed on items from other libraries beyond the Westchester Library System. Fees from the lending library may apply. Contact Adult Reference for more information.

Materials may be returned in person during Library hours or at book drops. Book drops are provided for patrons’ convenience but may not always be available. Books returned to book drops after library hours or before 8:00 a.m. are checked in on the previous day.

If you or your family own or rent a residence in White Plains and you live in White Plains:

You are eligible to receive a White Plains Public Library card. Two forms of ID, one with your name and current address, are required the first time you register and each time you renew. Your White Plains card is honored at all Westchester public libraries and at the Westchester Community College library. Guest privileges may be available to others who are residing temporarily in White Plains.

Adults eligible for a card may use the online form provided below. Library cards will be mailed to the street address (no post offices boxes) provided. Please include the apartment or suite number with the street address.

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If you do not live in White plains:

A) You may use the White Plains Public Library if you have a library card in good standing from your Westchester home library.
For Westchester Residents who have not obtained a library card from their home library and would like to use the White Plains Public Library on a temporary basis, please contact the Circulation desk at 914-422-1490 for more information.

B) If you live outside Westchester County, but work, go to school or own property in White Plains, you are eligible to receive a White Plains Public Library card. Two forms of ID (1 with current home address, 1 with current White Plains work or school address or proof of property ownership) are required.

C) If you live outside of Westchester County and DO NOT work, go to school, or own property in Westchester, you may purchase a card from the Westchester Library System at an annual fee of $75 which can be used at the White Plains Public Library. An application form is available at our Checkout Desk, which should be sent directly to WLS with your payment. Your card will be mailed to you directly from the Westchester Library System and is honored at all Westchester public libraries.

Adults eligible for a card may use the online form provided below. Library cards will be mailed to the street address (no post offices boxes) provided. Please include the apartment or suite number with the street address.

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