Borrowing Basics

Borrowing from the WDM Library

Patrons must present their library cards to check out materials or verify card information for a look-up.

Patrons are responsible for all items checked out on their cards.

The library makes no attempt to assume the rightful role of parents in monitoring or controlling their children's reading or access to library resources. Materials are not marked to indicate approval or disapproval of their content. All card holders have access to the entire collection.

To avoid an overdue fine, books must be returned on or before the day they are due. This includes items returned in the outside book drop.

Please report any change of name, address, or telephone number to the library.

With so many patrons needing access to the library’s limited resources, overdue fines are charged to encourage patrons to return their library materials on time:

Item Overdue Fines
*hotspots, iPads, STEM kits, Meet Your Neighbor kits $10.00 per day
*projector (digital) – in-library use only             $10.00 per day

$.50 per day

*all other materials   $.10 per day

The maximum fine is $5.00, except for equipment (no maximum), paperbacks and magazines (max. $1.00).

Patrons with items that are 42 days or more overdue will not be allowed to borrow additional materials until these items are returned or their replacement costs have been paid.

Accounts with items that are two (2) months overdue will be turned over to a collection agency in order to recover or replace the item(s), any fines owed, plus and additional $10 recovery fee.

Patrons are required to bring to the library staff’s attention any issues regarding inaccurate charges within three (3) months of an item’s due date in order to receive consideration for an adjustment.

If library materials are lost or damaged, the borrower must pay the replacement fee determined by the library, or provide a new replacement copy that is identical to the original.

When fines, damages or fees exceed $5.00, library borrowing privileges will be suspended until they are paid. Fees for equipment are not included.

Patrons must present their library cards to check out materials, or confirm registration information (if they forgot or misplaced their card). Each patron is held responsible for everything checked out on his or her card.

Lost library card replacement fee: $1.00.  Expired cards are replaced at no charge.

Checks returned Insufficient Funds will be assessed a $25 return charge – this fee must be paid directly to WDM City Hall.

The usual borrowing period is three (3) weeks.  Most items can be renewed twice (two additional periods) unless a hold has been placed.

The following items cannot be renewed:


Holiday Books

Reserve Items (an item someone else has put on hold)

In the Library:  Did you know you can Renew items on our Self-Check stations near the Circulation Desk, as well as check out new items?

Over the Phone: call Circulation at 515-222-3404 OR try our Automated Renewals phone at 515-225-1576

From Home:  go to our Online Catalog and Login with your Barcode (the number on the back of your library card or key card – NO spaces) and your PIN. 

Note: if you do not yet have a PIN, you will need to set it up with staff – call or email the library.

Once you’ve logged in, it will say My Book Cart and My Account. Click on My Account.

It will default to showing your Checkouts – the materials you currently have out.

Click the checkbox next to the items you want to Renew and click on the Renew Marked button. If you simply want to try to renew all your checked out items, you can click Renew All.

It will then ask you “The following item(s) will be renewed, would you like to proceed?” Click Yes to proceed. Under Status it will now list your new due date.

If an item cannot be renewed because of an existing hold, it will indicate that “Not all renewals were successful” and will say ON HOLD in the status next to the un-renewed item(s).