Checkout Limits & Renewals

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Some helpful tips for managing renewals:

  • To maximize your renewals, wait until items are nearly due before attempting to renew.
  • Courtesy notices are sent two days before an item is due and will remind you to renew items you want to keep longer. Please note, these notices are always sent by email or text messaging and will not be sent by phone.
  • Access My Account to track the number of renewals available for each item.

Renew your items:

In person at any Denver Public Library location

Online with My Account:

  • From one of our computers at any Denver Public Library location
  • From a home computer 24 hours a day

By phone by calling 720-865-1325 during Central Library hours, or by calling any DPL branch during regular hours.

An item may not renew because:

  • The item is on hold for another borrower
  • The item is a Featured Title, magazine or ILL item
  • The item has already been renewed the maximum number of times
  • The item is overdue by 40 days or more

It is very important to verify that your renewals have been completed successfully by noting the new due dates.

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Specific item limits, checkout periods and renewal limits.

You may have up to 100 items on your card.

Books, Books on CD:

  • Checkout period: 3 weeks
  • 3 renewals unless requested by another borrower
  • No renewals on Featured Titles
  • No limit up to the 100 total item limit


  • Checkout period: 1 week for most DVDs. TV series and adult nonfiction DVDs have longer checkout periods. See below.
  • 1 renewal unless requested by another borrower
  • Limit of 10 DVDs per library card account

TV Series and Adult Nonfiction DVDs
The following DVDs have a 3-week checkout period and 3 renewals unless requested by another borrower:

  • TV Series
  • Adult nonfiction titles

Blu-ray DVDs

  • Feature Film Blu-ray DVDs: 1 week checkout period, 1 renewal unless requested by another borrower
  • TV Series and Adult Nonfiction Blu-ray DVDs: 3 week checkout period, 1 renewal unless requested by another borrower
  • Limit of 5 Blu-ray feature film titles, and 5 Blu-ray TV series/nonfiction titles per library card account


  • Checkout period: 1 week
  • 1 renewal unless requested by another borrower
  • Limit of 10 CDs per library card account


  • Checkout period: 1 week
  • No renewals
  • No limit up to the 100 total item limit
  • Not all magazines circulate

Non-Circulating Items

  • Reference Materials
  • Western History and Genealogy Items
  • Some Magazines

If you are unsure if an item is eligible for checkout, please ask a staff member.

Downloadable eBooks, Audio eBooks and eFlicks

  • Checkout period: 7, 14, or 21 days (user preference)
  • Renew option available 3 days before a title expires: a green renewal icon means the title can be checked out again immediately after the checkout expires, a gray icon indicates there are holds and you will be put in line to borrow it again.
  • Automatically returned at the end of the checkout period
  • Limit of 20 per library card account
  • View your eMedia account

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Juvenile Items

We no longer charge overdue fines on juvenile materials, but items will be declared lost on the 40th day overdue. An appropriate replacement fee and a $5.00 processing fee will be assessed on the 40th day. No overdue fines are charged, however, once a lost item is returned.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Items

The due date is set upon receipt of the item at the Denver Public Library. Some libraries allow a renewal. If you would like to renew an Interlibrary Loan item or have questions, call the Interlibrary Loan department at 720-865-1718. Please note: Interlibrary Loan items that are stamped "NOT RENEWABLE" cannot be renewed but may be re-ordered. Lost Interlibrary Loan items are subject to a replacement cost of up to $250 plus a processing fee and overdue fines. More information about Interlibrary Loan.

Featured Titles

Featured Titles are multiple copies of bestsellers and other high interest titles. It is just like going to the bookstore with stacks of the latest titles. These titles cannot be renewed or placed on hold, insuring that these high-demand titles are available quickly. Just look for the Featured Title sticker on the spine or ask a staff member.

  • Checkout period: 3 weeks, no renewal
  • Not holdable


Return materials to any Denver Public Library location. Book drops are available at all locations.

Audio/Video Policy

Please keep the following in mind when checking out and returning CDs, DVDs, Videos, CD ROMs and Audio Books:

  • The Denver Public Library is not responsible for any damage caused to your playback equipment by these materials.
  • Please make sure all pieces of the item are included before you check out or return an item.
  • Incomplete items may not be accepted for return.

If an item is returned missing one or more pieces, we will try to contact you. If the problem hasn't been resolved within 15 days of the return of the item, you will be charged for the missing piece(s) or, in some cases, the entire item. No fee adjustments or refunds will be offered for materials returned after this 15-day period.

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