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Borrowing FAQs

If you need additional information, or you do not find the answers you need here, please email us or call 269/329-4544.

Renewal policy: Many items may be renewed once for an additional loan period, unless they are in high demand or have been requested by another user.

Fines: All library material is subject to overdue charges when not returned by the due date; there is no grace period. This applies to library users of all ages. Click on Fines & Fees in the left toolbar for current rates, as rates differ by type of material.

Damaged Items: Library material that is damaged though improper or careless usage or is not returned in its complete state is subject to a replacement charge. We do not charge for slight, repairable damage that occurs as normal wear and tear.

Requesting Items: Items may be requested in several ways.

  • If the item you are looking for is checked out, you may place a request for it to be held for you through our public access catalog or by asking a librarian. Request queues are formed for high demand items. You will be notified by standard mail or email when your requested item becomes available. Standard mail notification is subject to a fee, whereas email notification is free.
  • If you are a resident member, you can utilize inter-library loan to order items that are currently unavailable or are not owned by Portage District Library. Please understand that most libraries are unwilling to lend their newest or most popular items, so inter-library loan may not be a good solution for newer titles.
  • If the item you are looking for is not in our collection, you can suggest that we purchase it for the Library. Purchase requests are reviewed by library staff on a regular basis. While we can not accommodate all requests, we are able to add many items to the collection in this way.

Email Notices: If you would like to have your library notices sent to you via email, you must either let us know at your next visit or fill out our online form to request the change to your account.

Other Libraries: We offer free memberships to resident members of a number of area libraries through reciprocal borrowing agreements. In turn, resident members of Portage District Library get free memberships from these libraries. Please remember it is your responsibility to know the policies of each library you use, as they are library specific.

Returning Items: Items can be returned through slots near the Checkout Desk during open hours or to our outdoor return. The outdoor return is open 24/7 and is located on the south side of the building facing the Senior Center.