Checking Out

All Webster Groves Public Library materials check out for three weeks with the exception of book club kits, which have a six-week checkout period, and telescopes, which check out for only one week.  Some items received from other Consortium libraries may have a different checkout time based on the rules of the owning library.

Most library materials may be renewed up to three times. You may renew in person, over the phone, or by visiting the online catalogue. All renewals require your library card number to proceed.

No renewal is allowed on items requested by other patrons.

Vacation loans of up to 12 weeks are available when you are planning an out of town trip, but there is no vacation loan on new items or items requested by other patrons.

Library materials may be returned at the front desk or at one of our outdoor book drops. Interlibrary loan materials must be returned inside.

Reciprocal Returning

Materials from other Consortium libraries may be returned and checked in at Webster Groves Public Library.

Overdue Fines and Charges

When an item is overdue, every day that the Library is open counts. You may renew an item after it has become overdue, but you will still owe the fine that had accrued up to that point. If your overdue fines accrue to more than $5, your card is blocked and you cannot renew anything.

Overdue notices will be sent at one, two, and three weeks overdue. At four weeks past the due date, the replacement cost of the item is billed to your library account. If you then return the item, the replacement cost will be removed and a late fee will be charged.

Any account with late fees totaling $15 or more will also be sent a bill.

If you believe you have received an overdue notice or replacement bill in error, please contact the circulation desk at 314.961.3784.

Overdue amounts and other charges are :

Books and audiovisual materials

  • $0.15/day (max $5.00)


  • $0.15/day (max $2.50)


  • $5.00/day (max $300.00)

Damaged barcode

  • $2.00

Lost or damaged materials

  • item’s replacement value

Collection Agency Referral

Any patron with a total debt of $50 or more who does not return library materials or pay outstanding fines will be referred automatically to a collection agency, and a $10 service fee will be added to their account.