Madison County Library System
Serving Madison County, Mississippi
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Frequently Asked Questions

Books Can I return my books after the library is closed?

    All library materials except audiovisual materials (Audiocassettes, Videocassettes, Kits, Playaways, DVD’s, and CD’s) may be returned in book drop receptacles located at each library branch.

    Audiovisual materials may not be returned to the book drop.  Patrons will be charged a $1.00 fee for each audiovisual item that is returned to the book drop.

DVD How many items can I check out?

  • Library users may have up to 25 items checked out at any time.  The following subject and/or media specific loan limits have been established:

    DVDs:  Five (5) per card.

    Audio Materials:  Five (5) per card.

    Subject Areas:  Five (5) books per subject.

    eBooks / Downloadable Audiobooks:  Five (5) books per card.

2 How many times can I renew my material?

    Two twenty-one (21) day renewals of items with standard loan periods are permitted, if the item is not reserved for another library user.  Videos and DVDs have two seven (7) day renewal periods.  There are no renewals on items with holds or ILL items.  Items may be renewed in any of our branches, by telephoning the library, or through our Online Catalog.

21 How long can I check an item out?

The majority of items within the library’s collection may be borrowed for twenty-one (21) days.  There are daily due dates.  Special loan periods have been established for the following library materials:

    Videos & DVDs:  Seven (7) days

    eBooks / Audiobooks:  Patron has a choice from a seven (7) day loan period or fourteen (14) day loan period.


ILL If you don't have a book I want, can you get it?

  • Books not owned by our library system, photocopies of magazine articles, and information on a particular subject may be requested through the interlibrary loan service (ILL).

    The following materials cannot be borrowed or loaned through interlibrary loan.

    Audiovisual, genealogy and reference materials.

    Books published within the last six months.

    Non-circulating materials owned by MCLS.

Fines How much are overdue fines?

Overdue Materials

20¢ / day Books (maximum of $5.00 per book)

$ 1.00/day Audio Book (maximum of $10.00 per audio book)

$ 1.00/day DVD’s, Video Tapes or sets

(maximum of $10.00 per video tape or video set)

There is no “per patron” maximum.