Circulation Policy

Wilson County Public Library Circulation Policy


The purpose of the Wilson County Public Library Circulation Policy is to establish regulations regarding the use of library materials including fees incurred for overdue and unreturned library materials. The regulations are set forth to ensure materials are accessible for patron use as regularly as possible.


• You may check out materials from any of our Wilson County Library locations.
• Most items check out for three weeks. You may check out up to 50 total items.
• Ebooks may be checked out for three weeks. You may check out up to 5.
• New adult fiction and high demand items check out for one week.
• Patrons will not be allowed to borrow materials with an account balance of $20 or more.


• All materials may be renewed up to 2 times as long as there is no waiting list for them. Items that have hit their maximum renewals may be presented, in person, checked in, and immediately checked back out with no waiting period.
• Ebooks, high demand items, and interlibrary loan materials (ILLs) may not be renewed.
• How to renew:
o Online through your account on our website (must have library card number and user PIN)
o By phone at 252-237-5355
o If you need help renewing, please call your local library directly.


• You may return WCPL materials to any WCPL location.
• If items are not returned or renewed by due date, overdue fines will be applied to your account.

Fines & Fees

• Overdue fines for WCPL materials are 10 cents per day per item, up to a maximum of $4 per item, and up to $20 per account. There is no maximum on lost item fees.
• Overdue fines for Interlibrary Loan and high demand materials are $1 per day per item.
• There are no overdue fines for ebooks.
• If a book is lost, you must pay the replacement cost. Payments for lost materials are non-refundable.

Applicable Personnel/Departments:  All Library Staff

Reviewed and approved by:                                          Date of Approval

Wilson County Public Library Management Team    April 4, 2019
Wilson County Public Library Board of Trustees       May 16, 2019