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 Free for 3 weeks $0.20 per item per day
Bestseller books $4.00 each for 2 weeks $1.00 per item per day
Interloans (New Zealand) $10.00 each for 4-6 weeks (from 1 May 2021) $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

Social Media Competitions

  • Eight individual winners will be announced on Facebook
  • Names will be randomly selected from the entries
  • Please bring photo identification with you to claim your prize
  • Prize is one DVD vouchers for each individual winner
  • Prize is non transferrable for cash
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. 
  • By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions. 
  • Porirua Libraries decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. 
  • The winner agrees to have their Bookface photograph shared on Porirua City Council and Porirua Libraries social media accounts