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Borrowing Policies

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Please note that the following borrowing policies apply only to the San Bruno Library and may vary from the policies of other Peninsula Library System libraries.

Loan Periods

New & Older Fiction
3 weeks
Non-Fiction 3 weeks
Children's & Young Adult 3 weeks
Holiday Audio-Visual Materials 3 weeks
Holiday Books 3 weeks
Periodicals 3 weeks
Cassettes, Audio Books, CDs, Playaways 3 weeks
Adult DVDs and Blurays 3 weeks
Children's DVDs and Blurays 3 weeks
Chromebook 1 week
MIFI Hotspot 1 week
In-Library Use Only Laptop 1 hour


San Bruno Library items, with the exception of Chromebooks, MIFI Hotspots and In-Library Use Only Laptops, may be renewed up to five times, provided no holds have been placed.

Eligible items on your library account will automatically renew one day before the due date. Items with holds/reserves or that have reached the maximum renewal limit will not renew.

Additionally, materials may be renewed online or by phone at (650) 638-0399, or in person at any Library in the Peninsula Library System.

Item Limits
Please note that item limits apply only to the San Bruno Public Library and may vary from the item limit policies of other San Mateo County libraries. The total number of items on any one card at any given time is 50 items at San Bruno Library.

Returning Materials
San Bruno Public Library materials may be returned to any public or community college library in San Mateo County. Conversely, materials from other public and/or community college libraries in the County may be returned to San Bruno. When returning materials to the San Bruno Public Library during open hours, please leave them at the Circulation desk. When the Library is closed, items may be returned in the outside book drop located next to the Library entrance on Angus Ave West.

There is no charge for reserving items within the Peninsula Library System - in the catalog, over the phone or in person. When holds arrive at the San Bruno Library, they will await your pickup on the self-service hold shelves for 10 business days. There is a $1 charge for each adult item that is NOT picked up by the end of that time.

Fines and Fees
It is the responsibility of the borrower whose card was used to check out library materials to return the materials by the due dates. Items are billed 30 days after the due date. Fines will be charged for materials not returned or renewed on time. Fines are assessed per item as follows:

Adult/Young Adult Materials 25 cents/day
Children's Materials 15 cents/day
Chromebook 25 cents/day
MIFI Hotspot 25 cents/day
In-Library Use Only Laptop
25 cents/hr

NOTE: Any materials checked out on a juvenile status library card are not charged fines when returned late. However, lost, damaged and billed fees still apply. Items are billed 30 days after the due date.

Fines may be paid in person at the library or online by accessing your library account.

Other San Bruno Library Charges
Lost items or items damaged beyond repair will be charged the price of the item plus a $5 processing fee. Chromebooks, MIFI Hotspots and In-Library Use Only Laptops may have different processing fees.

$2 for the replacement of a lost or damaged library card. A lost card should be reported to your local San Mateo County library as soon as possible.

$10 for an Interlibrary Loan from outside the Peninsula Library System.