Borrowing and overdue fines

Temporary adjustments for COVID-19

Fines are being waived until further notice.

Loan period

Most items are checked out for 21 days. All material except vinyl records may be returned to any Knox County Public Library location. Bookdrops are available for after hour returns, but some non-book items should not be placed in bookdrops because they will be damaged. 

Video loan period

Blu-rays, DVDs, and videotapes are loaned free of charge for 7 days.

Vinyl records

Due to their fragile nature, vinyl records must be checked out and returned to the circulation desk at Lawson McGhee Library. Violation of the return policy will result in the loss of borrowing privileges. Vinyl records are loaned free of charge for 21 days and may not be placed on hold. They can be renewed once.

Renewal policy

Library materials may be renewed three times after checkout, except for materials on hold and vinyl records, which are limited to 1 renewal. It is not necessary to bring materials in for renewal. Materials can be renewed by telephone during open library hours, or online at any time. A valid library card number must be provided for both telephone and online renewals. State confidentiality laws require that a library card number must be presented in order to access patron information by telephone or online.

Lost or damaged items

The library does not accept replacement copies for lost or damaged material. The replacement price plus a processing fee is charged for a lost or damaged item.

Unique Management Services, Inc. & long overdue items

All accounts more than 45 days past due are turned over to Unique Management Services who begin a gentle campaign of letters and phone calls. If the account is not resolved at that time, the company will begin secondary-placement services, which include extensive skip-tracing to find patrons who have moved. If the account is still not resolved after 120 days, the amount may be noted on their credit report as a last resort. Unique Management Services, Inc. of Jeffersonville, Indiana works with over 600 libraries in 40 states.