About Borrowing

A library card is the smartest card you can carry. It‘s all you need to borrow loads of free books, DVDs, and lots more.

Questions about borrowing? Ask us.
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Getting a Library Card


Checkout, Returns & Fees


Your Account & PIN


Renew to Keep It Longer


Request & Pick Up


Mobile Checkout with the CPL Mobile App


Reminders by E-mail


Lost or Damaged


Home Delivery


Journey of a Book: Automated Book Returns


Book sorting equipment

Journey of a Book

See where the conveyor takes your books after you return them.

Want a book, DVD, CD?

Search the catalog or find suggestions under Explore Books & More.

Your PIN

You’ll need a PIN to access your library account online. Your default PIN is the last four digits of your phone number. You can change it in your account information online.