Borrowing Materials

Circulation Policies

A maximum of 50 items may be checked out per patron. Items may be returned to any Louisville Free Public Library location.

LFPL does not charge overdue fees, but you are responsible for returning items on time and replacement fees for lost or damaged items still apply. Fees totaling $10 or more may prevent use of some library services.

You can pay your fees online from the Fees link or in person at any location.

Overdue notices by email or by phone to patrons are provided as a courtesy of the Library. Failure to receive a notice does not exempt a patron from the replacement cost of materials that are lost or damaged. Any lost or damaged items will be the responsibility of the borrower (see Lost Item Policy).



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Check Your Library Account or Renew Items

By Phone

Call the automated renewal line: 574-1732

Via the Web

It is now possible to check your library account online.  From your account you can do the following:

To access your library account online follow these instructions

  1. First you will need the number from your LFPL library card (the 13 digits below the barcode).
  2. Then you will need your account password.  If you do not remember your password, go to "What Is My Password."  
  3. Finally click on "My Account" from any page of our Web site and enter your barcode number and password and click on the login button. 
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Placing a Request

You may place requests online for Library items using our Web catalog. Follow the instructions below, then use the link below to go to the Web catalog. 

You will need the number from your LFPL library card (the 13 digits below the barcode) and your password. (what’s my password?) Enter these numbers in the appropriate boxes on the login screen and click the login button. 


Instructions for Placing a Request

  1. From any page on the library's Web site, click on the "Library Catalog" button.
  2. Search the catalog to find the item/s you want to reserve.
  3. On each item listing in the catalog there should be a link that says "Place Request." Click the "Place Request" link. You’ll be taken to a log-in screen. Log in using your  library barcode number and password.
  4. Specify which branch you want to have the item transferred to for you to pick up and submit your request.
  5. Once the request has been submitted, it should show up on the "My Account" page whenever you log in with your card number and password.  You can go there to check the status of your request.

For more information on Placing & Managing Requests - click here.

What is My Password?

If you already know your password, you can change it by logging into My Account and clicking Change Password.  You can include letters and numbers in your password (A-Z, a-z, 0-9).  It can be up to 16 characters long, with a minimum of 4 characters.

To obtain or change your password, visit one of our library locations and present a current picture I.D. If you need help, call Just Ask at 574-1611.

Return Policy

Items may be returned to any location of the Louisville Free Public Library regardless of where they were checked out. Items can be returned via book drops located on the exterior of the building or by bringing them in to the Check-out counter. If an exterior Book Drop is full or locked, please DO NOT place the item(s) on or around the exterior of the Book Drop.

Lost Item Policy

Borrowers are responsible for the replacement cost of library materials that are lost or not returned.  If the borrower finds the item within six months of the actual date of payment, then the Library will refund the payment minus any outstanding balance on the borrower’s account, assuming the item is in good condition. The Library does not accept replacement copies of the actual item in lieu of payment.

Lost book discussion kit books are $15.00 each.

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Last Updated: 01/16/2019