Policies

How many books can I borrow? What are the fines if they're overdue? Why do we have a library? Answers to the bigger questions are in our policies.

How many books can I borrow? What are the fines if they're overdue? Why do we have a library? Answers to the bigger questions are in our policies.

The number of items you can borrow

Most items have no restrictions on the number you can borrow.


Some collections do have restricted borrowing:

  • Māori and Pacific adult collection – a limit of five items
  • Music CDs – 6 CDs 
  • Book Club in a Bag –1 bag

Loan periods

  • Books, music CDs, audio books, posters and puzzles are issued for three weeks.
  • Magazines, ebooks and bestseller books are issued for two weeks.
  • Most DVDs are issued for one week.
  • Multi-disc DVD sets (over 360 minutes running time) are issued for two weeks.
  • If you require items for longer than the normal time, we can issue books for 42 days.
  • Interloans are usually issued for four to six weeks; the exact date is determined by the library it comes from.

Renewing items

  • Books can be renewed twice, unless they've been requested by another borrower.
  • Magazines cannot be renewed.
  • Items issued for an extended loan period may be renewed only once.
  • Some items borrowed from other SMART libraries may not be able to be renewed.
  • When renewing a chargeable item (DVD, audio book, etc), a further charge will apply.
  • Most interloans can be renewed for a further three to four weeks - just ask the Interloans Librarian.

Borrower charges

Item type Issuing charges Overdue charges
DVDs $2.00 each for 1 week $1.00 per item per day
DVDs 360 minutes or more $3.00 each for 2 weeks $1.00 per item per day
Audio Books $2.00 each for 3 weeks $1.00 per item per day
Bestseller books $4.00 each for 2 weeks $1.00 per item per day
Interloans (New Zealand) $5.00 each for 4-6 weeks $0.50 per item per day
Interloans (Australia) $15.00 each for 4-6 weeks $0.50 per item per day
Books, posters and puzzles Free for 3 weeks $0.20 per item per day
Music CDs Free for 3 weeks $0.50 per item per day
Magazines Free for 2 weeks $0.20 per item per day
Book Club in a Bag Free for 6 weeks $2.00 per bag per day
Book Club in a Bag lost, damaged or not all the books and resources returned Maximum charge of $200
Book Club in a Bag, lost or damaged carrier bags $25

Policy documents