Library Card Policy

Library Card
A library card is a privilege. First library cards are free to those who live in Maryland. There is an annual fee for others. A valid photo ID with your name and current mailing address is required for verification. A parent or legal guardian must accompany and sign for applicants under age 16.* Library records are confidential.

The borrower/guardian is responsible for the card's security, for any material checked out on the card, and for any charges incurred.

Notify the library of any name, phone number, email or address change. Report lost or stolen cards immediately.

*Not required for "Kids Cards"

Library Cards for Minors
We issue full access cards to minors on the request and consent of the parent or legal guardian. Although the consenting parent or legal guardian is asked to sign the application. The card is registered in the child's name and is considered to be that child's card by the library.
What you should know about the use of your child's card:

  • You have agreed to be responsible for any charges on your child's card.
  • You have agreed that your child can use any library resource including the Internet with the presentation of this card.
  • You may access your child's records at any time in the library with his/her card or online using your child's card and password.

Kids Cards
The library issues special "Kids Cards" with limited borrowing privileges. Please call the library for details.

A valid library card with less than $25.00 in charges is required to check out library materials and access some online resources.

Your library card can be used in any public library in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's counties. Loan policies and rules vary for each county.

Loan Period and Overdue Charges
Material Loan Period Daily Fine Per Item Maximum Fine Per Checkout or Renewal
Books 3 weeks $.25 $5.00
Book Express* 14 days $1.00 $5.00
Entertainment DVDs 7 days $1.00 $10.00
Educational DVDs 3 weeks $1.00 $10.00
DVD Express* 3 days $1.00 $10.00
Playaway 3 weeks $1.00 $10.00
Adult Audio Books 3 weeks $1.00 $10.00
Juvenile Audio Books 3 weeks $.25 $5.00
Kits 3 weeks $.25 $5.00
Cake Pans (PD Brown Only)* 3 weeks $.25 $5.00

*Express items and cake pans may not be renewed or requested.

We provide receipts to help you remember the due dates(s). You can check your account online at Any item returned after the due date will be considered late and the appropriate late fee charged. Payments are accepted by cash, personal check, credit card or money order. The check writer must have a current library card. There is a $36.00 service charge for returned checks.

Please Return Library Materials on Time
A materials recovery service assists the library in recovering overdue materials and unpaid fines. This will keep resources available to everyone.

Additional fees are charged to the customer to recover overdue materials and unpaid fines. Your cooperation will make Charles County Public Library better for everyone.

Lost or Damaged Materials

  • The charge for a lost or damaged item is the replacement cost of the item.
  • Damaged barcode fee: $2.00
  • Damaged RFID fee: $2.00
  • Replacement DVD case fee: $5.00
  • Replacement CD Book or Playaway case fee: $10.00

Auto-Renewals are not guaranteed. Most items may be renewed four times, if not reserved for another customer. Renewals are available in person and by phone during normal business hours. You will need your valid library card or the item barcode number of each item for phone renewals. To renew online please go to this Web site. You will need your valid library card and your password. Some interlibrary loan materials may not be renewable.

Reserved Items and Interlibrary Loans
For your convenience, most items may be requested from other libraries, and can be sent to the library branch of your choice. You will be notified when your items arrive. All items are held for 5 business days. Reserved items must be checked out using the same card used to reserve them.

Where to Return Library Items
With a few exceptions, you may return borrowed items to any Charles, Calvert or St. Mary's County library branch.