Circulation Policies


 Your Library Card

  • You will need to bring your library card to access your library account. This includes checking out materials (including digital materials), using the library's computers, paying fees, etc.
  • You are responsible for all items borrowed on your library card. If your card is lost or stolen, it is your responsibility to report the card as lost or stolen.
  • Your first library card is free; the replacement fee for a lost or stolen card is $2.00.

Return Policy

The Library allows return of Lost/Overdue items if the item is still in the system.  If the specific item with a matching barcode is no longer in the library catalog then we can no longer accept the return of the book. Items are typically removed from the catalog when the Librarian has replaced the item or it has been under Lost status for over 1 year. 

Loan Policies

Material Type  Item Limit Renewal Allowance
 Audiobooks/Playaways  5 items
 Board Games/ Puzzles items   2
 Books  50 items 2
 Daypacks  5 items
 DVD/Blu-Rays  5 items 2
 Inter-Library Loans (ILL)   5 items 0
 Launchpad Tablets   5 items 2
 Magazines   10 items 2
 Portable Chargers   1 item 0
 Tools/ Kill A Watt Meters   5 items 2


Returning Library Materials

  • Materials may be returned to ANY of the Alameda Free Library locations. 
  • Please use the separate return slots for books and for media (any non-book item). Puzzles and games must be returned inside the Main Branch at the desk from which they were checked out. 

Notification Timeline

 Sign up for e-mail notifications to receive courtesy notices from the library regarding due dates, available reserves, and other useful information. You may sign up at any Alameda Free Library location or by visiting "My Account" via the library's website. 

Fine Free Update

Beginning September 16, 2019, the Alameda Free Library will be going Fine Free. Read about it here