Loan Periods, Renewals, & Returns

Loan Periods

How long can I keep it?

  • Books, audiobooks: 3 weeks
  • Magazines, In-Demand audiobooks: 2 weeks
  • 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: 25 item limit


If materials are possible to renew, they will be automatically renewed as your due date approaches. You will receive email notice when this happens. If you receive notice of auto-renewal and have already returned the item, please allow for one week of quarantine time before your materials are checked in at the Mill Valley Library.

Some other ways to renew materials:

  • Call (415) 389-4292  during open hours to speak to a person.
  • Use the catalog to maintain your own Library account.

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.


You can return materials to any public library in Marin County or to the book drop by the front entrance at the Mill Valley Library at 375 Throckmorton Ave., the lower book drop near the Peter Dreyfus garden, the book drop at the Mill Valley Community Center, or the book drop inside the Library by the circulation desk.