Loan Periods, Renewals, & Returns

Loan Periods

How long can I keep it?

  • Books, audiobooks: 3 weeks
  • Magazines, In-Demand audiobooks: 2 weeks
  • In-Demand books & movies, DVDs, Blu-Rays, music CDs, Experience Collection: 1 week
  • eBooks/eAudiobooks : 7 days, 14 days, or 21 days
  • Book Club Kits: 6 weeks
  • LINK+: 1 week or 3 weeks depending on the lending institution's policies
  • Inter-Library Loan (ILL): Varies depending on lending institution's policies

How many can I check out?

  • DVDs/Blu-Rays: 15 item limit
  • Music CDs: 10 item limit
  • Audiobooks on CD: 10 item limit
  • Books: 50 item limit
  • eBooks: 15 item limit


We provide many ways to help you renew materials:

  • Call (415) 389-4292 x4723 during open hours to speak to a person.
  • Leave a voicemail message anytime at (415) 389-4292 x4745.
  • Use the catalog to maintain your own Library account.
  • Visit the Self-Check machine or a person at the Circulation Desk when you're in the Library.

Items that do not have holds can be renewed for the following periods:

Music CDs, Movies 1 week checkout + 1 week renewal 
Magazines 2 week checkout + 2 week renewal
Books, Audiobooks 3 week checkout + 3 week renewal + 1 week 2nd renewal
Some LINK+* 3 week checkout + 3 week renewal


*LINK+ items with a 1-week loan period are not renewable.

In-Demand items are not renewable.


You can return materials to any public library in Marin County or to any of the following locations in Mill Valley:

  • At the Library front entrance at 375 Throckmorton Ave.
  • Freestanding book return at the southwest side of the traffic circle outside of the Library.
  • Freestanding book return in the parking lot of the Community Center located at 180 Camino Alto.

Materials borrowed through inter-library loan or from our Experience Collection must be returned to the Circulation Desk; please do not place these materials in a book drop or return to another MARINet Library.