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Borrowing Materials

The Orange County Public Library lends books, audio books, movies, music CDs and magazines. An Orange County library card must be presented in order to borrow materials.

Check-Out Periods


Books, CDs, magazines & audio books 21 days
Movies 7 days
Carrboro Branch Library materials 14 days
Carrboro Branch Library movies 7 days


Check-Out Limits

You can check out up to 40 items on a card at any given time.

Within this limit you can have:

  • 5 DVDs
  • 5 video games
  • There may be additional limits at the Carrboro Branch. Please inquire.



Most borrowed items can be renewed up to two times, unless the item has been requested by another customer. 

You can renew items:

  • in person at any library location,
  • by calling any library location during business hours (a library card number is required to renew materials over the phone),
  • through Your Account online (OCPL Main Library or Cybrary customers), or
  • through Your Carrboro Branch Account online (OCPL Carrboro Branch customers)



Customers can request to have materials held.  When the materials become available, the library will contact you by email or telephone and hold requested materials for 7 days. 

Holds may be placed on items that are currently available on the library shelf; however, library materials are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The library cannot guarantee that these holds will be immediately filled. Customers will be notified by email or automated phone call when their hold is available and ready for pickup.

Requests can be placed:

Interlibrary Loan and Purchase Requests

If you would like to borrow a book not owned by Orange County Public Library, you can place an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request to borrow books from libraries outside our system.  ILL requests may be placed in person at any Orange County Public Library location, and a processing fee of $3 must be paid at the time the request is placed.

You can also complete the Suggest a Purchase Form to make suggestions for us to purchase materials we don’t currently have in our collection.