Checkout and Return Policies


  • There is no residency requirement for receiving a library card.
  • To obtain a library card, individuals must present a state, government, or school-issued photo ID that includes his or her current address. If the ID does not have a current address, individuals must provide proof of current address (such as a postmarked piece of mail.)
  • The minimum age for obtaining a library card is 5 years of age, with consent from a parent or legal guardian.
  • A parent or legal guardian’s signature is required for children under the age of 14 years obtaining a library card. Parents and legal guardians are responsible for all material checked out by children under the age of 17 years.
  • All library cards expire automatically every 2 years to ensure patron information is kept up-to-date. All outstanding fines and fees must be paid and/or overdue materials returned before a borrower’s card may be renewed.
  • Parents or legal guardians may request that the library restricts what their child can borrow and their access to the Internet. A notation will be added to the child’s account. Parents and legal guardians are responsible for lifting any restriction on their child’s account.

Borrowing Materials

  • A library card is required to check out materials.
  • Library card holders must be physically present to check out materials. Borrowers may not check out items on another person’s library card, with the exception of legal guardians.
  • The person to whom the card is issued is responsible for all material checked out on that card. Patrons are asked to report lost or stolen cards immediately.


  • Patron library card information will be used only for legitimate library purposes.
  • Disclosure of card information will be limited to the card holder or his/her legal guardian. Release of card information beyond those listed will be limited to those situations required by law.

Loan Periods & Limits

  • Books
    • Checkout Per Card Limit: **
    • Loan Period: 3 weeks
  • Magazines
    • Checkout Per Card Limit: 5
    • Loan Period: 1 week
  • Audiobooks
    • Checkout Per Card Limit: 5
    • Loan Period: 3 weeks
  • DVDs
    • Checkout Per Card Limit: 5
    • Loan Period: 1 week
  • Discovery Packs/Boxes/Baby Bundles/Road Trip Kits/etc.
    • Checkout Per Card Limit: 1
    • Loan Period: 3 weeks

**Limit of 99 items total per card


Most items can be renewed up to 3 times unless the item is on reserve for another patron. InterLibrary Loans renewals can be requested one time, prior to the due date, pending approval by the lending library. Items can be renewed in person, by phone, by email, or through Wamego Public Library’s online catalog.

Overdue Fines & Miscellaneous Fees

Fines and fees will be assessed for late, lost, and/or damaged materials. Fines will accrue every day an item is late, capping at $5.00. Patrons with less than $3.00 in fines may still check out items.

  • Books, Magazines, Audiobooks, DVDs
    • 10¢/day fine
  •  Road Trip Kits, Storybook Boxes, Baby Bundles, Playaways, etc.
    • $1.00/day fine
  • Damaged or Lost Items
    • Cost of Item
  • Replacement Library Card
    • $3.00 (except during the month of September!)

Lost or Damaged Items

If an item is lost or damaged (assessed by the library as being unsuitable for the collection), the patron will be charged the replacement cost of the item. Any accrued overdue fines on lost or damaged items will be waived once the patron pays in full the replacement fees.

Reserving Items

Library patrons may request to place items on reserve that are currently unavailable. Items can also be placed on reserve through Wamego Public Library’s online catalog.

Patrons will be notified by an email or phone call when the reserved item becomes available. The item will be held on reserve for 1 week at the front desk, after which the item will either be returned to the shelf or placed on reserve for the next patron on the waiting list.

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