The Lane Libraries Borrowing Policy

Getting a Library Card

  • Available to anyone working, living or attending school in Ohio.
  • Requires valid photo ID, proof of current address and date of birth (i.e. driver’s license, state ID).
  • Application for a library card must be made in person.
  • Children under 18 must have a parent/legal guardian’s signature on application and parent/legal guardian must provide a photo ID.
  • Please notify the library if lost, stolen or if your personal information changes.

Loan Periods

Item Type Loan Period Loan Limit
Books, Audiobooks, Music CDs, Kits & Magazines 28 days 100 holds, up to 200 items checked out
Video Games 28 days 2 games
DVDs, Blu-Rays & Portable Video Devices 14 days 25 DVDs/Blu-rays; 2 portable video devices
Lucky Day Books 14 days 5 books
Lucky Day DVDs 7 days 2 DVDs
Freading 14 days 6 per month
Ohio Digital Library 7-21 days 10 at a time; magazines exempt
Hoopla 3-21 days 6 per month
RBdigital 21 days 10 at a time
Freegal 5 downloads per week
SearchOhio 7-21 days 75 holds, checkouts included in Lane’s 200 item limit
Interlibrary Loan (out of state) 1-4 weeks No limit ($5 fee per item requested)


Nontraditional Items

Sewing machines, musical instruments and iPads (in-library use only) are available for checkout from the Oxford Lane Library. Please call (513) 523-7531 for more information.

Fines are 15¢ per item, per day.  Fines for SearchOhio are 50¢ per item, per day. Nontraditional items are $5 per day.

For checkouts–in lieu of a library card, adults must present a photo ID (picture and/or photocopy of ID will not be accepted) with name and birthdate. Children/teens will be asked to verbally verify information listed on the patron account.

Overdue Materials and Fines

  • Patrons are responsible for all materials borrowed on their card.
  • Notices are courtesies only. Failure to receive such notices does not exempt the cardholder from any fines due or collection agency fees.
  • Items that have more than one piece will not be checked in until all of the pieces are returned.
  • Lost or damaged items will be billed at the retail cost. The library will not accept a replacement copy of an item as payment.
  • Patrons with accounts owing $10.00 or more may not borrow items (including some digital services).
  • Any account owing $35.00 or more may be referred to a collection service with an additional, non-refundable fee of $15.00.

Renewals and Returns

  • Items without holds will auto-renew up to 5 times (account holders are not notified of failure to renew).
    • Exceptions: Lucky Day items, accounts exceeding $10.00 in fines, digital items, SearchOhio materials.
    • SearchOhio materials must be renewed in person or over the phone.
  • There are 4 ways to renew items (please have your library card number and four-digit PIN ready):
  • When renewing items online, double check the new due date of the items to make sure the items renewed.
  • You can return library materials to any Lane Libraries location. We also have remote bookdrops at the following locations:
    • Wal-Mart, 3201 Princeton Rd., Fairfield Twp.
    • Meijer, 1560 Main St., Hamilton
    • Kroger, 1474 Main St., Hamilton
    • CVS, 3733 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Ross

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