Borrower Information

The Library's Self-Checkout station sitting on the front desk

Checkout Periods

You can check out most items in Johnson City Public Library’s collection for two weeks. Some items can be checked out for four weeks. The checkout period for mobile hotspots ranges from two days to two weeks.

Renew Items

Eligible items automatically renew, but you can also renew items online, by phone, or in person. Most items can be renewed twice. However, there are a few exceptions, including items that have been reserved by another user, DVDs, or interlibrary loans. Please note that overdue items may not be renewable online. Please call (423) 434-4450 with questions.

  • To renew online, log in to your account and click the “Account Activity” tab.
  • To renew by phone, call (423) 434-4450.
  • To renew in person, visit the Circulation Desk or a self-check kiosk.


The Library's outdoor book return in front of the building

Book Return Locations

Our outdoor drive-up drop box is located near the curbside pickup parking spaces on the W. Fairview Ave. side of the building. You can return items using this book drop 24/7. If you’re returning items inside the Library, place them in the returns slot just past the Circulation Desk to your left.

Charges and Fees

The fine for all overdue items (except DVDs) is 20¢ a day per item, with a fine of $1.00 per day for DVDs. There is a one-day grace period for most items. If you return items after the grace period, there is a fine for that day. The max fine for each item is $5.00.

Users prepay mobile hotspots at a rate of $2.00 per day for the number of days they wish to borrow. Borrowers are fined $2.00 for each day past the due date, with no grace period and no max fine.

Fees for Damaged or Lost Items

Damaged items carry a fee equal to the amount required to restore the item to circulating condition (up to the cost of replacement). Lost items carry a fee equal to the item’s replacement cost. In both cases, there is an additional $5.00 processing fee.

Library users can replace lost library cards for a charge of $1.00 for the first replacement and $5.00 for each subsequent replacement card.