The Mendocino County Library is a free, public library. With a library card,
anyone may borrow materials, order books, use the public access computers, or
use the databases for magazines and newspapers.
Parents are responsible for their own children in the library. We encourage
parents to guide their children in library and computer use. Library staff is
not responsible for monitoring items checked out by juvenile or adult patrons.
☞ Need to show a photo ID and proof of address.
☞ Children under 12 must be able to write their own name. A parent’s signature is required.
☞ Must have the card with you to borrow materials.
☞ Need a library card to access the magazine database from home.
☞ If you forget your library card, we will look up your number one time with an ID.
☞ The second look-up requires the purchase of a new card.
☞ New cards cost $1.00
Loan periods vary. Interlibrary Loan periods are set by the lending
Mendocino County Loan Periods:
☞ Books and Magazines - 21 days
☞ Books on Tape & Books on CD - 28 days
☞ DVDs - 7 days
☞ Interlibrary Loan items have a loan period of two weeks and cannot be renewed.
At check out you will receive a receipt that lists each item checked out and
when it is due. Materials may be renewed once unless someone has a request for
that item. Library users are responsible for returning items on time.
Fines and Charges
Library items may be returned to any library branch in Mendocino, Lake or Sonoma
counties. There is a book drop available for use when the branches are closed.
Patrons will be charged for overdue, lost or damaged items. Fines are charged
at the rate of the lending library.
Overdue fines in the Mendocino, Sonoma, Lake County system $.25 per day per item
with a maximum of $10.00.
☞ Children’s items are charged $.10 per day per item.
☞ Lost or destroyed books are charged at the cost of replacing the item plus a
$10.00 processing fee. There is a list of replacement costs at each branch.
☞ Damaged materials fee is $3.50 per item.
☞ Library cards are free with free renewals. Your card number can be looked up
for a $.35 fee. Replacing a lost card costs $1.00
☞ Mendocino patrons with fines of $10 or more may not check out materials.