Borrowing Policy

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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 or using the Online Registration form.
    • To complete your online account registration and pick up your permanent Lane Libraries card, please stop at any Lane Libraries location with a valid photo ID and proof of your current address.
    • Temporary cards will expire in three months unless your account is verified in person.
  • Children under 18 must have a parent/legal guardian’s signature on application and parent/legal guardian must provide a photo ID. If a parent or legal guardian is not available to sign for an account, a Limited Use Card (allows three print items at a time) may be provided.
  • Please notify the library if your personal information changes, or your card is lost or stolen.

Loan Periods

Item TypeLoan PeriodLoan Limit
Books, Audiobooks, Music CDs, Kits & Magazines28 days100 holds, up to 200 items checked out
Video Games28 days2 games
DVDs, Blu-Rays14 days25 DVDs/Blu-rays
Launchpads14 days2 Lauchpads
Mobile Hotspot28 days1 Hotspot per household



Freading14 days12 per week
Ohio Digital Library7-21 days20 at a time; magazines exempt
Hoopla3-21 days10 downloads per month and 5 flex borrows
Freegal Music 5 downloads per week and unlimited streaming
Kanopy 30 tickets per month
Comics Plus no limit



SearchOhio7-21 days75 holds, checkouts included in Lane’s 200 item limit
Interlibrary Loan (out of state)1-4 weeksNo limit ($5 fee per item requested)


Nontraditional Items

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

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 fees due or collection agency fees.
  • Items that have more than one piece will not be checked in until all of the pieces are returned.
  • Materials overdue for more than 28 days will be assumed lost and the replacement cost will be added to the account.
  • 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 always notified of failure to renew).
    • Exceptions: Accounts exceeding $10.00 in fees, digital items, Hotspots, non-traditional items, SearchOhio and OhioLINK materials.
    • SearchOhio and OhioLINK 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:
    • Fairfield Township Administration Building, 6032 Morris Road, Fairfield Township
    • Meijer, 1560 Main St., Hamilton
    • Kroger, 1474 Main St., Hamilton
    • CVS, 3733 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Ross

Patrons are not restricted by staff as to what items are checked out on a library card. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for monitoring content checked out to a child’s card.

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