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checking out materials

What materials are available for check out at the Library?
The Library has the following material available for checkout:

  • Books
  • Music
  • Magazines
  • Audiobooks on CD and MP3
  • Playaway Launchpads (limit of 1 per card)
  • Seeds (limit of 10 packets a person)
  • DVDs and Blu-Rays (limit of 5 per card)
  • Mobile Hotspots (limit of 2 per card)

We also provide the following materials and services (no card required):

  • Current magazines and newspapers  
  • Photocopy machines (Black and White: 10¢ per page, Color: 40¢ per page)
  • In-Person and Mobile Printing (Black and White: 10¢ per page, Color: 40¢ per page)
  • Microfilm/microfiche readers/printers (10¢ per page for copies)
  • IRS tax forms
  • Oak Ridge Room - local history

How long can materials be checked out?

DVDs. Blu-Rays, and Mobile Hotspots check out for 1 week. All other library materials have a loan period of three weeks.

Can Items be renewed?

Except for Mobile Hotspots and items on reserve, materials may be renewed twice after the original checkout. You can renew materials at the library, by calling the main desk at (865) 435-3457, or renewing items online

Where do I return materials?

All material should be returned to the main library. For your convenience, you may also return items to our outside drop box on the Oak Ridge Turnpike side of the building. Launchpads must be returned to the inside book drop at the main desk.
How much are overdue fines?

With the exception of DVDs, Blu-Rays, and Mobile Hotspots, all overdue material is allowed a 2-day grace period and costs 20¢ per day up to a limit of $10 per item. 
DVDs, Blu-Rays, and Mobile Hotspot fines are $2 per day up to a limit of $10 per item. There is no grace period for DVDs, Blu-Rays, and Hotspots.

How do I reserve materials checked out by another patron?

When you want material that is checked out you can place it on reserve. Placing a reserve puts your name on the waiting list for the material. Reserves are filled in the order in which they received. Ask at the main desk or 
place a reserve online.

How do I get material not held by Oak Ridge Public Library?

If you want an item not found in the library catalog, y
ou can request that material published in the last three years be purchased for the library collection. Older material may be borrowed from another library through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loans are free unless it is a hard-to-find material or is coming from an academic institution. If you have any questions, please email InterlibraryLoan@oakridgetn.gov.

  • Audiobooks on CD