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.

Library Cards
 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 Period
Loan periods vary. Interlibrary Loan periods are set by the lending library.
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.