Borrowing Policies

Loan Periods 
New and Express materials circulate for two weeks. Music, movies, and magazines may be borrowed for one week. The rest of the collection circulates for four weeks. To ensure equal access to very popular collections, we limit the number of movies, CDs, electronic games, and audio books borrowed at one time to 20 in each format.

If there are no outstanding requests, most items may be renewed twice through the online catalog, in person, or by phone (617-349-4040).

Magazines and Express materials are not renewable.

You are welcome to reserve library materials in person or by using our on-line catalog. DVDs less than three months old are not reservable. When the item you requested comes in, we will notify you by email. You may have a maximum of 20 requests on your acount.  Reserves are held only until your next visit and expire in 6 business days.

Interlibrary Loans
If we do not have what you need we will be happy to request it for you from another library. Please ask.

Library materials may be returned to any branch of the Cambridge Public Library or any other Minuteman Network Library.

You will be fined for adult material returned after the due date at a rate of 10 cents per day.

Lost Material
You are responsible for library materials checked out to you and will be charged the full price for lost or damaged materials.

Lost Library Cards
You are responsible for all materials taken out on your card until the date it is reported lost. To protect yourself, please report your lost card immediately.

The replacement card fee is $1.00 for adults.

Minuteman Library Network
Your library card is the key to the resources of Cambridge's Main Library and its six branches. It is also your membership into the Minuteman Library Network (MLN). All MLN library members allow you to borrow their materials on your Cambridge library card. The Cambridge Public Library honors all library cards issued by other MLN libraries.

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