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How long can I borrow materials for?
List of items and loan periods
Item Loan Period
Book 21 days
Best Bet 21 days
Video (except language learning video) 7 days
DVD (except language learning DVD) 7 days
Language learning video or DVD (including literacy) 21 days
CD 21 days
Periodical or magazine 7 days
CD-ROM 21 days
eContent Varies as determined by licensing agreement
Music score 21 days
Picture collection 21 days
Items provided by Home Library Service Extended loans as determined by City-wide Services
Digital Equipment 2 hours
Museum & Arts Pass Expiry date as specified on the Pass
Pedometer 21 days

Most materials can be returned to any Toronto Public Library branch. Some items must be returned to the branch from which you borrowed them:

  • Book Club Sets
  • Interloan items
  • Pedometers
  • Toronto Reference Library picture collections
How many items can I have out at one time?


How do I renew items?

Most items can be renewed two or three times as long as there are sufficient copies available. See the Schedule of Materials and Maximum Renewal Loan Periods.

Sign in to Your Account and click on the Checkouts tab. Click the box beside the titles you want to renew and then click Renew Selected Items.
The renewal period starts as of the day you renew an item, not the original date the item was due.

By phone:
Call the automated telephone renewals line at 416-395-5505.
Call Answerline at 416-393-7131.
Call your local branch.

In the library:
Use the online catalogue in any branch or ask staff.

Why can't I renew something?

There are a few reasons why you might not be able to renew an item

  • Someone else has a hold on the item and is waiting for it
  • It's a feature DVD that we've had for less than 6 months
  • You have already renewed it the maximum number of times
  • Your library card has expired
Can I borrow books that are marked as "reference"?

Books that are marked as "reference" cannot be borrowed; they are for use in the library that owns the copy. There are usually circulating copies of the book that you can borrow.

If there is only one reference copy of the book and you are unable to travel to the owning library to read it, please speak to staff about interlibrary loan and reference loan options.

How do I borrow eBooks or eAudiobooks?

You can checkout and download materials either directly through your device or transfered from your computer after downloading. For instruction on how to use this service see the Getting Started with Library eBooks user guides.