Borrowing Guidelines

How to check out your items:

  • Assisted check-out is available at the public service desks located on both floors.
  • Use the self-check out kiosk, also located on both floors.
  • Download the library app to check out your items anywhere in the library.

Borrowing Limits & Loan Period

A total of 55 items may be checked out on a patron’s library card at one time.  Patrons may check out no more than the maximum borrowing limit of each item.  Items may be checked out in a combination that meets but not does exceed the individual limit for each item and does exceed the total of 55 items per card:

Item type

Borrowing Limit

Loan period



21 Days



21 Days



21 Days

CDs- Music


21 Days



7 days



7 days



All materials except bestsellers can be renewed twice if they haven’t been requested.
Provided there are no holds on an item, it will automatically renew twice.



A drive-by book return is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week at the Sydney Street entrance.



Cornwall Public Library is Now Fine-Free

Our commitment to provide fair and accessible service to our entire community has led us to permanently abolish overdue fines. We are now fine-free. This means you will no longer be charged overdue fines on late materials.

How long can I keep my library items?

Most available items can be borrowed for three weeks. Provided there are no holds on an item, it will automatically renew twice.

Bring them back!

We ask that you return your items to the library in a timely manner so others may enjoy them as well.

Returning Materials

You can safely return your library materials to our drive-up drop-box, conveniently located just outside our back entrance at Sydney Street, or inside the library.

Damaged or Lost Items

Life happens! We will send you a notice if an item is long overdue, lost or returned in damaged condition, you will be responsible for the replacement cost of the item.