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Checking Out Items

Check Out   •   Loan Periods •   Renew •   Place a Hold

Check Out Items

Checking out an item is quick and easy.

With your library card at one of our branches, use either one of our Self Help Stations or go to the Customer Service desk and they with check out your items for you.

Self Help Stations

See how to use the Self Help Stations
  1. Touch the screen to start the process.
  2. If you like, choose a language.
  3. Scan your library card.
  4. Your account info is displayed, tap next.
  5. Place up to 5 of your items on the reader pad.
    - Items often can be read in a stack.
    - If the items are media or thick books, less is better.
  6. Tap on the number representing the number of items on the reader pad.
  7. If the reader is having problems reading the items you may be prompted to:
    - Move the items about.
    - Find the Library's barcode of each item on the reader and scan it.
    - If the item can't be checked out it will tell you.
  8. Tap Continue and repeat the last 3 steps until all your items are checked out.
  9. Tap Finish, your receipt will be printed out.

Renew Items

Items can be renewed two (2) times, unless ...

  • there is a HOLD or it is a Hot Off the Press item, then it cannot be renewed.

To Renew Online:

Renewing items online can be done anywhere with internet access.

  • In the links on at the top of the page click the tab for "My Account."
    Enter your Library Card Number and PIN.
    • Library Card Number - the 14 digit number underneath the barcode on the back of your library card - show me. Type the number with no spaces. 
    • PIN - a 4 digit number given to you when you received your library card.
      If you have forgotten your PIN, please contact the Shasta Public Libraries and we can change it for you.
  • Click the link for "Items Out"
  • Click on the box next to the items you wish to renew.
    Click "Renew Selected Items" at the bottom of the page.
    You will get a message with the number of items renewed, as well as notes on any problems.

To Renew by Phone:

  • Call us at 530-245-7250.
  • You will need your Library Card Number.

Loan Periods & Number of Items

How long can I keep this item?

Books, Magazines, Audiobooks, Music CDs, Government Documents 3 weeks
Movies (DVDs, Videos) 1 week

How many items can I check out?

Books 30 items
Government Documents 30 items
Books on CD/mp3 15 items
DVDs/Videos 5 items
Music CDs 5 items
Playaways 5 items
Magazines 5 items
Newspapers In Library Use Only
Reference Books In Library Use Only
Microfilm, Maps In Library Use Only

Digital Downloadable Media

Overdrive   Go to Overdrive

Total Number of Items 10 items
eBooks, Audiobooks 1, 2, or 3 weeks1
Videos 3, 5, or 7 days1

Enki   Go to Enki

eBooks 10 items
Check Out Period 3 weeks

1 You can set this in your Account Settings in Overdrive.

Digital media is automatically returned at the end of it's lending period.

Place a Hold

Is the book/item you want already checked out, or is it at one of the other branches?

Simply place a hold. 

When it is returned it will be placed aside and you will be notified to come pick it up.

Things to know

  • Items are kept waiting for you on the Holds Shelf for one week.
  • Make sure that your Contact Information is correct, so that you get the notification that the item is ready for pick up.
  • You can be contacted in different ways. What works for you? Mail, email, text or phone.
  • You may have up to 15 books on hold at one time.
  • Please, check out the item. The item is on the Holds Shelf ready for you to pick up and check out.
  • A $2 unclaimed holds fee will be charged if the hold is not checked out within the 7 days.
    (If you are unable to pick up the hold please contact us during those 7 days.)

Place a Hold Online

Placing a hold online is quick and easy, and can save you a trip to the library.

  • Click the "Catalog" link at the top of this page to go to our Library Catalog.
  • Use the search field to find the book or item.
  • Once you find the book, click on the "Place Hold" button on the right.
  • Enter your Library Card Number, and PIN to log in. Before you click Submit Request, select which library you want to pick the item up at.
    • The Library Card Number - the 14 digit number underneath the barcode on the back of your library card (Type number in with no spaces) show me.
    • The PIN - a 4 digit number given when you received your library card. Forgot your PIN? Contact us and we can change it for you.
  • If someone else has a hold on the book, go ahead and place the hold to be put in the queue.
  • The Hold has been placed.
    Check that your Contact Information is correct.
    If it is wrong please contact us and we can change it for you.
    This is how we tell you your hold is available.
  • The Library will email, text, call or mail you when the item is ready to be picked up and checked out.