Learn About Borrowing


An Overview

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 "the fine print" of checking out, renewing and placing holds.

The most important things to remember:

  • Total Items Checked Out Per Library Card = 60
  • Total Items On Hold Per Library Card = 75

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 our Fees page.

Traditional Checkouts

Format Checkout Length Renewable? Holdable? Pickup Within
Audiobook CDs, Playaways 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
Books 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
Book Club Kits 42 days 1 time Yes 7 days
Magazines 7 days No No N/A
Movies (DVDs, Blu-ray, Playaway Views) 7 days; 21 days for sets of 2+ discs 3 times Yes 7 days
Music (CDs) 7 days 3 times Yes 7 days
XPress (in library only) 21 days No No N/A

Tech and Devices

Format Checkout Length Renewable? Holdable? Pickup Within
3D Camera (Ricoh Theta S) 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
A/V (audio/visual) Kit 7 days No No N/A
Bike Lock 12 hours No No N/A
Bluetooth Speaker 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
Companion Pets 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
Dash Robot 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
Drone (Hover Camera) 7 days 3 times Yes 7 days
Echo Dot 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
Finch  21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
Google Home 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
GoPro Camera 7 days 3 times Yes 7 days
GPS Units 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
Headphones or Gaming Headphones (which have an integrated microphone) 12 hours No No N/A
Laptops In Library Use Only (3 hour limit) No No N/A
Mobile Hotspot 7 days 3 times Yes 7 days
NOOK Tablets 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
Launchpad 7 days 3 times Yes 7 days
Solar Light Bulbs 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
Sphero Robot 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days

Kits

Format Checkout Length Renewable? Holdable? Pickup Within:
A/V (audio/visual) Kit 7 days No No N/A
Brain Box Kit 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
Caregiver Kit 42 days 1 time Yes 7 days
Just Right Board Book Kit 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
New American Resource Kit 42 days 1 time Yes 7 days
Paired Kit 21 days No Yes 7 days
Storytime To Go 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
STEAM Kit 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days

Digital Checkouts

Item # of Checkouts Checkout Length Renewable? Return Early? # of Holds Pickup Within:
hoopla Streaming (Film, Music, eBooks, Audiobooks & Comics) 10/month Film: 3 days, Music: 7 days, Audiobooks, eBooks & Comics: 21 days No Yes N/A N/A
Kanopy 5/month 72 hours No No N/A  N/A
Odilo 12 21 days Yes Yes 20 N/A
RBdigital Audiobooks 12 1-21 days Yes Yes 10 N/A*
OverDrive 12 7, 14 or 21 days. Yes epub. pdf, mp3 only 20 48 hours**
eMagazines Unlimited Unlimited N/A 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 for the system to automatically check the item out to the borrower when the title is available.

Assistive Devices

Item Checkout Length Renewable? Holdable? Pickup Within:
Book Stand 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
CD Player 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
Color Mouse 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
LED Magnifier 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
Mono Mouse 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
Neck Magnifier with LED 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days
Portable Electronic Video Magnifier 21 days 3 times Yes 7 days

Other Libraries

Lender # of Checkouts Checkout Length Renewable? # of Holds Pickup Within
Prospector and MOBIUS 50 Books: 21 days
DVDs: 7 days
Books: 1 time
DVDs: No
60 7 days
Interlibrary Loan 50 Varies No 3/week 7 days
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