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Release Date: 07/21/2009

Library Board adopts new Materials Loan Policy to increase circulation of books and materials for all users

The Seattle Public Library will implement revisions to its Materials Loan Policy beginning Thursday, Oct. 15. The changes will help maximize the circulation of books and materials among all Library card holders in a period of constrained budgets and staffing. The updates also bring lending practices in line with other library systems. The revised policy was approved by the Library Board at its June 24 meeting.

The Library began working on revisions to the policy following the completion of the Libraries for All building program in 2008. The Library system is now operating at full capacity, with 27 new, expanded or remodeled branches and the world renowned Central Library downtown. The Materials Loan Policy had not been reviewed since 2003. The impact of new and renovated buildings in every neighborhood together with the recession, have resulted in significant increases in Library usage. The policy revisions will help the Library maintain a high level of service with limited resources. The Library is implementing $1 million cuts this year.

Beginning Oct. 15:


  • Maximum checkout at any one time: 50 items
  • Maximum number of holds at any one time: 25
  • Interlibrary loan fee: Minimum $5 fee for each successful transaction (note: multipart/multivolume works may include additional fees)
  • All materials subject to overdue fines
  • An annual nonresident card: $85; three-month visitor card $25.


For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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