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Circulation Services: Community Patrons

Who can checkout what, for how long, and how much are fines?


Have a question about checking out books?

call: (757) 594-7133


COVID Exceptions

As part of our COVID-19 response, community members are unable to enter the library building.

To check out a book, please make use of our curbside pick-up service.  Either email or call 757-594-7133 with yoru contact information and the book information and we will arrange a time for pick up outside our entrace facing the Avenue of the Arts traffic circle.

Library Card

Community patron library cards can be issued to all Virginia residents ages 18 and older who present a valid Virginia driver’s license or ID card (or a military ID along with verification of address). Virginia residents must pay a $25 yearly fee to borrow material.

Library borrowing privileges to community patrons are limited and do not include remote access to the Library’s electronic resources or Interlibrary Loan privileges. Community patrons must be in the library in order to access Library databases.

Loan Periods, Limits, & Fines

Community Patrons, CNU Alumni, and VTC Members
Note: Maximum number of items checked out at a time is 5.

Type of Material Loan Period Maximum Renewals
Per Item
Fines Per Item
Circulating Books 30 days 2 No overdue fines
Media (DVDs & BluRays) 7 days 1 $1.00 per day


• Circulating Books refers to our normally circulating books in the General Collection, New Books, Browsing, Oversize, Learning Resources, Juvenile, Vogan, Bruce Cole, Dorothy Rouse-Bottom, Mackenzie and Storage locations.


Community patrons must purchase a Gift Card from the Captains Cash Kiosk in the 24/7 Room of the Library in order to use the Library printing system.  The card itself costs $1.00 and as little as $1.00 (in cash) can be added for printing.  Funds are added as Captains Cash. Printing and copying costs are $.06 per black & white page and $.15 per color page.   Scanning to email is available for $.06 per page. Printing instructions are available at the Circulation and Reference Desks. Captains Cash can also be used in Einstein's Cafe.

User Agreement

Upon registering as a community patron, patrons read and agree to the statement below:
It is your responsibility to notify the Library of any address changes.  All library materials must be returned or
renewed by their due date.  All materials are subject to recall and must be returned upon notification.  PATRONS
Failure to return books or pay fines will result in our sending debt information to a collection agency.
Community Patron library cards must be presented in order to check out materials.  Library cards are not
transferable and may only be used by the person to whom they are issued.

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