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Circulation Policy

The WVPL card entitles you to use the main library at 650 Skippack Pike in Blue Bell (215-643-1320) and the Ambler Branch at 209 Race St. in Ambler (215-646-1072) as well as public libraries that participate in the Access Pennsylvania Statewide Library Card System.

In order to borrow materials from the library you must present your library card when checking out.  Your library card is not transferable and may only be used by the person to whom it is issued.  You are responsible for all items borrowed with your card.  Each family member living or working in the Wissahickon School District is entitled to his or her own library card.  Lost cards should be reported promptly to avoid having materials charged to your card.  The replacement fee for lost cards is $1.00.

In addition to books we have materials in a variety of formats to meet your information needs.  The following is a list of the library media types and their loan periods:

  • Fiction and Non-fiction books, non-fiction DVDs, feature film DVDs older than 6 months, audio books, CDs: 21 days
  • New DVDs, video games, magazines: 7 days
  • Museum Passes: 3 days During the pandemic, museum passes check out for 7 days.
  • Downloadable eBooks, downloadable audio books: 14 days

*Note: You can change the default loan period for downloadable eBooks and eAudio books: 14 days to 7 or 21 days.

Most items may be renewed if there are no current reserves on them and no blocks on your account. Items may be renewed by telephone during library hours.  Items can also be renewed and holds can be placed on our website 24/7: www.wvpl.org.  Log into your account. Click on Renew or Reserve.  Items that can't be renewed are video games and museum passes.

The current overdue fine rate is 20 cents per day for each children’s item and 25 cents per day for each adult item. The overdue fine for Museum Passes, DVDs and Video Games is $1.00 per day per item.  The Rental Book Charge is $2.00 per three weeks. Persons who lose or damage library materials beyond repair will be charged the retail price of the items plus a processing fee. You may use the book and AV drops to return materials. These costs may vary depending on the owning library.