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Using Your Library Card

Your Responsibilities 
Borrowers are responsible for all materials borrowed on their cards. Parents and guardians of minors are responsible for materials borrowed on their children’s cards. Change of address or lost/stolen cards must be reported immediately to the library. Materials borrowed on an unreported lost/stolen card are the responsibility of the cardholder.

Where You Can Use Your Card
A Liverpool Public Library card may be used at any library in the Onondaga County Public Library system. This includes the Central Library, city branches and satellites, as well as the 20 member libraries.

Number of Items Checked Out 
Customers may have up to 50 total items checked out at one time from the library including both Juvenile and Adult. See below for specific limits on each format:



Up to 50 per library card



Up to 50 per library card



10 per library card. These contribute to the all-inclusive 50 item limit.


DVDs & Blu-Rays

10 per library card. These contribute to the all-inclusive 50 item limit.


Electronic Games

Two per library card. These contribute to the all-inclusive 50 item limit.


Library of Things Items

One per library card. These contribute to the all-inclusive 50 item limit.

These limits are consistent with those at other libraries within the OCPL system and will increase the number of books and items that are available for other library patrons to check out.

Loan Periods 
Most library materials are loaned for three weeks. 

Exceptions include new feature films, Lucky Day items, and special displays, which are loaned for seven days. Park passes and other Library of Things items may have different loan periods.


Liverpool Public Library items will be automatically renewed three days before the due date if the item is eligible for renewal. Most library materials may be renewed twice with the following restrictions:

  • Lucky Day items have one seven-day renewal
  • Items that have been placed on hold by another patron cannot be renewed
  • Special collections may have renewal restrictions

Returning Materials 
Most library materials borrowed from one library may be returned to another library within the OCPL system (except for Lucky Day items and kits.) Information on other exceptions, such as audio-visual equipment, will be posted where applicable. Book drops may be used for the return of most library materials.

Information on the status of any adult card is available upon request to the cardholder only. New York State confidentiality law prevents us from disclosing information concerning a child’s library card without the permission of the child.

Email Notification 
Registering your email address enables you to receive hold notices, “soon to be overdue” notices, and overdue notices. You may register your email by visiting the library or online at Due to blocks and filters provided by mail service providers, you will need to add (unblock) the following library address in your address book:

Overdue Charges
Starting July 1 2021, all fines except kits and Library of Things are waived.

Special materials, including the Library of Things, have a daily late fee of $5 and a maximum late fee of $25. These items have one ‘grace’ day for which no fine is assessed.

Borrowers will be charged for long-overdue, lost, or stolen items. The library sends overdue notices, but no bills for fines or charges under $100. Liverpool Public Library accepts MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Visa.

Borrowers may use their cards if they owe less than $50 for adults and $50 for children and have no long-overdue materials. 

Liverpool Public Library charges a $10 fee for any returned checks.

Veterans or Active Duty Personnel
Overdue fines for late items will be waived for all veterans or active military personnel who present identification at the checkout desk. It does not include other library fees, such as unreturned, lost or damaged book charges.

Unpaid Fees – $100 or more
All Onondaga County public libraries including Liverpool Public Library participate in a materials recovery agency program. Patrons owing $100 or more in unpaid fines or charges for items not yet returned, will be contacted by an outside agency, Unique Management Collections, asking for payment and return of library materials. An additional $10 fee is added to the account of borrowers contacted by Unique Management Collections.

Lost or Damaged Items
Except for regular wear and tear, damaged library material should be reported to the Information @ LPL Desk prior to checkout. If an item is lost or returned in damaged condition, you will be charged for actual cost of replacement. Please contact the Circulation Dept at 315-457-0310 x100 for information on paying for or replacing the item.