LEARN ABOUT BORROWING

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LEARN ABOUT BORROWING

Checking out a book? A movie? How about a drone, book club kit or eMagazine? With so many options to choose from, we're here to help you navigate checking out, renewing and placing holds.

Items may be returned to any Arapahoe Library and book drops are available 24/7. You can renew items, place holds and pay fees by accessing My Account or by calling 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279).

Multiple holds cannot be placed on the same item. Items checked out to you may only be renewed if no other patrons have placed a hold on them. Learn more about holds. All patrons are automatically signed up for auto-renewals.

And remember, Arapahoe Libraries is fine free! For more information, visit Fees.

DID YOU KNOW?

You can have 60 items checked out & 75 items on hold per library card.

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FAQs

OVERDUE, LOST & DAMAGED ITEMS

Patrons may choose to receive overdue notices by email, phone or text. Overdue notices are issued one, two and three weeks after an item is due. If you choose notification by email or text, you will also receive a courtesy reminder notice two days before an item is due.

Lost or damaged an item? It's okay, accidents happen! Ask a staff member when you visit a library for what to do next. Items overdue by 30 days are considered lost and a replacement cost will be billed. Parents/guardians are responsible for items that may be lost or damaged by a child.

Please note that Arapahoe Libraries does not accept replacement materials for any lost or damaged items.

PAYMENT OPTIONS

Need to pay a fee on your account? Cash, check and credit card are accepted at all libraries. To pay fees online with a credit card, log in to your account and under "My Borrowing" click on "Fees."

Have a question that isn't answered here? Contact us.

TRADITIONAL ITEMS CHECKOUT INFORMATION

All hold items must be picked up within seven (7) days.

TRADITIONAL CHECKOUTS

FORMAT CHECKOUT LENGTH RENEWABLE? HOLDABLE?
Audiobook CDs, Playaways 21 days 3 times Yes
Books 21 days 3 times Yes
Xpress Books and Audiobooks* 21 days No No
Book Club Kits 42 days 1 time Yes
Magazines 7 days No No
Movies (DVDs, Blu-ray) 7 days; 21 days for sets of 2+ discs 3 times Yes
Music CDs 7 days 3 times Yes
*Xpress items are first come, first served.

 

KITS

FORMAT CHECKOUT LENGTH RENEWABLE? HOLDABLE?
A/V (audio/visual) Kit 7 days No No
Brain Box Kit 21 days 3 times Yes
Caregiver Kit 42 days 1 time Yes
Just Right Board Book Kit 21 days 3 times Yes
New Americans Resource Kit 42 days 1 time Yes
Paired Kit 21 days No Yes
Storytime To Go Kit 21 days 3 times Yes
STEAM Kit 21 days 3 times Yes

 

DIGITAL CHECKOUTS

FORMAT # OF CHECKOUTS CHECKOUT LENGTH RENEWABLE? RETURN EARLY? # OF HOLDS
hoopla Streaming (film, music, eBooks, eAudiobooks & comics) 10/month Film: 3 days, Music: 7 days, eAudiobooks, eBooks & Comics: 21 days No Yes N/A
Kanopy 5/month 72 hours No No N/A
Odilo 12 21 days Yes Yes 20
RBDigital Audiobooks* 12 1-21 days Yes Yes 10
OverDrive** 12 7, 14, or 21 days Yes epub. pf, mp3 only 20
eMagazines Unlimited Unlimited N/A N/A N/A
* RBdigital's system automatically checks the item out to the borrower when the title is available. The loan period starts from the time the title availability notification is sent to the borrower.

**OverDrive offers an option to automatically check an item out to the borrower when the item is available. If this option is not enabled, the item must be checked out within 48 hours.

 

OTHER LIBRARIES

LENDER # OF CHECKOUTS CHECKOUT LENGTH RENEWABLE? # OF HOLDS
Prospector and MOBIUS 50 Books: 21 days
DVDs: 7 days
Books: 1 time
DVDs: No
60
Interlibrary Loan 50 Varies No 3/week

 

NON-TRADITIONAL ITEMS CHECKOUT INFORMATION

In addition to items you can check out and take home, Arapahoe Libraries offers many other non-traditional items that can be used inside of a library or learned about through an Ask a Librarian appointment. Check back for new items that will surprise and delight you!

3D PRINTERS

PICTURE NAME HOLDABLE? IN LIBRARY USE ONLY ADDITIONAL INFO
LulzBot Mini 2 No Davies
Kelver
Eloise May
Koelbel
Sheridan
Smoky Hill
Southglenn
  • Creates a physical object based on digital rendering by printing layers of filament
  • 3D Printing Service
LulzBot Taz 5 No Castlewood Makerspace

ACCESSIBILITY

PICTURE NAME HOLDABLE IN LIBRARY USE ONLY AT ADDITIONAL INFO
5" LED Lighted Magnifier Yes N/A
    • Magnifier helps increase the size of printed materials
    • 21 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
Book Stand Yes N/A
    • Lightweight angled plastic book holder for use on flat surface
    • 21 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
Electronic Video Magnifier (handheld) Yes N/A
  • Works with television monitor to magnify printed documents
  • 21 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
GO Talk Communicator 20+ No Castlewood
Davies
Kelver
Koelbel
Southglenn
Smoky Hill
  • Device supports those with limited to no speech throughout their daily activities
  • Ask staff for this item's location in the library
Grabber/Grip & Grab No Davies
Kelver
Smoky Hill
  • Assistive device aiding in selecting items out of reach
  • Ask staff for this item's location in the library
Large Lighted Magnifier (handheld) No Koelbel
Smoky Hill
  • Magnifies print and other materials
  • Ask staff for this item's location in the library
Large Print Keyboard with Rollerball No Castlewood
Davies
Kelver
Koelbel
Eloise May
Southglenn
Sheridan
Smoky Hill
  • Large Print keyboard has a Jumbo Trackball, great for those who are visually impaired
  • Ask staff for this item's location in the library
Lighted magnifier on a stand No Kelver
Koelbel
Southglenn
  • Lighted magnifier increases print size
  • Ask staff for this item's location in the library
Magnifiers No Castlewood
Davies
Eloise May
  • Magnifies print and other materials
  • Ask staff for this item's location in the library
Mobility Scooter No Koelbel
Smoky Hill
  • Electric scooter assists those with mobility issues allows patrons to drive around the library
  • Ask staff for this item's location in the library
MonoMouse Yes N/A
  • Plugs into any regular TV to provide magnification
  • 21 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
Neck Magnifier with LED Light Yes N/A
  • Magnifier with a neck strap magnifies 2.5x with a small lens that magnifies 4x
  • 21 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
braille machine Perkins Brailler No Koelbel
  • A mechanical machine that prints raised dots for writing Braille for the blind
  • Paper, eraser and a manual available
Pocket Talker Pro No Castlewood
Koelbel
Eloise May
Southglenn
Smoky Hill
  • A small personal amplifier for one-on-one communications and TV listening
  • Ask staff for this item's location in the library
Reading Glasses No Castlewood
Davies
Kelver
Koelbel
Eloise May
Southglenn
Sheridan
Smoky Hill
  • Various strengths available to assist in reading
  • Ask staff for this item's location in the library
Walker with seat No Castlewood
Davies
Kelver
Koelbel
Eloise May
Southglenn
Smoky Hill
  • Walking device to help support a person while walking or sitting
  • Ask staff for this item's location in the library

 

COMPUTER-RELATED ACCESSIBILITY & MORE

PICTURE NAME HOLDABLE IN LIBRARY USE ONLY ADDITIONAL INFO
External DVD Drive No Koelbel
Eloise May
  • USB-connected DVD drive connects to computers to watch DVDs
Image coming soon Floppy Disk USB Drive No Davies
Kelver
Koelbel
Smoky Hill
  • Read floppy disks without a floppy disk drive
Laptops/Chromebooks No Koelbel
Sheridan
Southglenn
  • Laptops available at Koelbel & Sheridan
  • Chromebooks at Southglenn
  • 3 hour check out
  • Available on a first come, first serve basis
Large Print Keyboard with Rollerball No Castlewood
Davies
Kelver
Koelbel
Eloise May
Southglenn
Sheridan
Smoky Hill
  • Keyboard has large print keys and rollerball that is used as a mouse
Military & Government Card Reader No Castlewood
Koelbel
Eloise May
Sheridan
Southglenn
Smoky Hill
  • Smart card reader (Stanley Global SGT111) for use in government, banking & other institutions utilizing classified networks
Noise-Cancelling and Gaming Headphones No Castlewood
Davies
Kelver
Koelbel
Eloise May
Sheridan
Southglenn
Smoky Hill
  • Noise-cancelling headphones reduce unwanted ambient sounds
  • Gaming headphones have an integrated microphone
  • 12 hour check out limit
Various Computer Cables No Castlewood
Davies
Kelver
Koelbel
Eloise May
Sheridan
Southglenn
Smoky Hill
  • Computer cable availability and type varies by branch. Please see staff for assistance.

ROBOTICS & CODING

PICTURE NAME HOLDABLE IN LIBRARY USE ONLY ADDITIONAL INFO
Bloxels No Ask a Librarian
  • Create your own games and pixel art
  • Requires free app Bloxels Builder
  • Minimum OS requirements
  • Requires WiFi & a device with a rear-facing camera
Cozmo No Ask a Librarian
Image coming soon Cubelets Curiosity Set No Ask a Librarian
  • Build modular robot constructions to perform a variety of tasks
  • Free app available
Dash Robot Yes
Dot Robot Yes
Finch Robot Yes
Hackaball No Ask a Librarian
  • Create and play your own games using sensors and lights built into this sturdy ball
  • Requires free app Hackaball
  • Minimum system requirements
littleBits No Ask a Librarian
  • Teaches coding and more using electronic building blocks
littleBits Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit No Ask a Librarian
Makey Makey No Ask a Librarian
  • Turn everyday objects into touchpads using alligator clips and connector wires
Misty II No Ask a Librarian
  • A small personal programmable robot
Sphero Yes
  • Sphero 2 Model S003 and Spero SPRK+ Model K001
  • Minimum system requirements
  • Requires free app(s) for iOS and Android
  • Requires WiFi (may require Bluetooth) & rear- and front-facing cameras
Sphero BB-8 No Ask a Librarian
  • Minimum software requirements
  • Requires free app(s) for iOs and Android
  • Requires WiFi, Bluetooth, microphone,  gyroscope & accelerometer sensors & rear- and front-facing cameras
Sphero Specdrums No Ask a Librarian

SMART DEVICES & AI

PICTURE NAME HOLDABLE IN LIBRARY USE ONLY ADDITIONAL INFO
Echo Dot Yes
  • Requires WiFi, an Amazon account & free app Alexa (iOS and Android)
  • Model number RSO3QR
  • 21 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
  • Learn more
Echo Look No Ask a Librarian
  • Voice-activated camera takes a photo or video of you to get style advice on your outfits
  • Requires free Alexa app (web or mobile)
Google Home Yes
  • Requires WiFi, a Google account & free app Google Home (iOS and Android)
  • 21 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
  • Learn more
Starling Yes Ask a Librarian
  • Counts how many words are said daily to a child to help with language development & learning
  • Requires a free app

VIRTUAL & AUGMENTED REALITY

PICTURE NAME HOLDABLE IN LIBRARY USE ONLY ADDITIONAL INFO
Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset Yes
  • Experience virtual reality
  • Requires 1 AA battery to run controller
Microsoft Hololens No Ask a Librarian
  • Mixed reality smartglasses
Samsung Gear VR No Ask a Librarian

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

PICTURE NAME HOLDABLE IN LIBRARY USE ONLY ADDITIONAL INFO
         35mm Slide Viewer No Smoky Hill
Southglenn
  • View 35mm slides
  • Carousel Projector available at Southglenn
Bike Locks No Eloise May
Koelbel
Sheridan
Smoky Hill
Southglenn
  • Lock up your bicycle at the library
  • Day use only
Image coming soon Bike Repair Station No Castlewood
Kelver
  • Dero Fixit bike repair station for basic bike repairs and maintenance
  • Ask a staff member for this item's location at the library
Bike Tire Air Pump (handheld) No Sheridan
  • Fill up a bicycle's tire
  • Ask a staff member for this item's location at the library
Image coming soon Cassette Adaptor No Davies
  • Listen to CD's in a car's in-dash cassette system
Cell Phone Charging Station No Davies
Eloise May
(currently unavailable)
Kelver
Koelbel
Sheridan
Smoky Hill
Southglenn
  • Charges most Android and iPhone products
CD Player with AM/FM Stereo Radio Yes
  • Listen to AM/FM radio broadcasts or play a CD
  • 3.5mm AUX audio input
  • 21 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
Colorado State Parks Pass Yes
  • Visit Colorado's 42 state parks with a state parks pass
  • 7 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
  • Explore more of Colorado
Companion Pet Yes
  • Companion pets make cat-like and dog-like sounds and movements
  • Companion pets use one (1) 4x1.5V C Alkaline Battery
  • 21 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
GPS Yes
  • GPS for Biking (Garmin Edge 200)
  • GPS for Driving (Garmin Nuvi 50 LM)
  • GPS for Hiking Garmin eTrex 20) with CO & UT maps preloaded
  • 21 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
Flower Water Meter No Southglenn
  • Measures a plant's water level in soil
GoPro Yes
  • Mini-SD card required
  • Hero3 version
  • 7 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
Hover Camera Passport Drone Yes
  • Requires free app Hover (iOS and Android).
  • No FAA registration required; follow all important legal and safety information
  • Up to 9 minutes of flight time
  • 7 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
ili No
  • No WiFi required
  • One-way translation
  • Spanish available
Monster Go-DJ No Mobile Library Services
  • Portable DJ controller for music production
Nintendo Switch No Kelver
  • Ask staff for assistance
  • More details to come
NOOK Tablet Yes
  • Pre-loaded with adult fiction and nonfiction & books for children & teens
  • Available in English & Russian
Nokero Solar Light Bulb N200 Yes
  • Charge in the sun for optimal lighting
  • 21 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
Piano No Eloise May
  • Ask staff for assistance
Ping Pong Table No Southglenn
  • Available upon request after reserving a meeting room
Playaway Launchpad Yes
  • Interactive learning multimedia devices for elementary-aged students
  • 7 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
RICOH THETA S 360 Camera Yes
Teleprompter No Southglenn
  • Information coming soon
Thermal Leak Detector Yes
  • Infrared thermometer
T-Mobile or Verizon 4G LTE Hotspot Yes
  • Connect up to 10 WiFi-enabled devices
  • 7 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
Image coming soon Video Camera Yes
  • Record a video
  • 21 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
Watts Up? PRO Yes
  • Monitors and projects energy costs for 120 VAC appliances
  • Requires a computer with a USB port
  • 21 day checkout, renewable up to 3 times
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