Borrowing & Fines

How long can I keep it?

  • Books, CDs, nonfiction DVDs: 3 weeks
  • DVD feature films: 2 weeks (30 DVDs maximum)
  • Video games: 2 weeks (2 video games maximum)
  • eBooks & eAudiobooks: 3 weeks (10 maximum)
  • A few special items have different check-out periods
  • Circulating Maker Kits: 3 weeks

You can have up to 150 items checked out at a time per account.


Almost every item can be renewed up to ten times if no one else is waiting for it.  Here's how you renew:

Place Holds

Is an item already checked out or on the shelves at a Library clear across Johnson County? We're happy to send it to the Library location of your choice. Here’s how:

  • Place a hold through the Library catalog, in person, using the app or by calling (913) 826-4600.
  • You'll receive an email from us when your held item(s) is ready for pickup at your chosen Library. Your item(s) will remain on the hold shelf for seven days from the date of the email.
  • Pick up your items, check them out and be on your way.
  • Remember to bring the same Library card you used to place the hold, even for spouses and children.
  • You can hold up to 30 items on your Library account at a time.

Find items we don't have in our collection

We can get items from libraries all over the country through our Interlibrary Loan service. (This service is available only to Johnson County residents.)


Materials can be returned to any Johnson County or Olathe Public Library location, regardless of where you checked them out.


We know fines happen. That’s why we’ve made it easy to pay them:

  • Online – we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards
  • In person – at any of our Libraries

If you keep items past their due date, they will incur a small daily fine.

  • Fines are 30 cents per day, with a maximum of $6 per item, and will accrue for your own Library account and any minors for whom you signed a Responsibility Agreement.
  • If you've given us your email address, we'll alert you if you have fines by email
  • If your account has fines above $15 and has been outstanding for at least 30 days, you will be unable to renew, place holds or check out materials without the assistance of a staff member until the balance is paid in full. 
  • Heads up: If your account has a balance above $25 and any part of that balance has been outstanding for at least 30 days, a non-refundable $10 fee will be applied to your account and you will not be able to check out, place holds or renew material until the balance is paid in full.

But don't worry –​ we want to work with you and always love seeing you back at the Library.

Keep track of due dates and stay on top of your account. Feel free to call us anytime! You can also manage your account email settings to turn on automatic due date notifications.

The Library employs a service called Unique Management Services to recover overdue fines, fees and materials. 

Your Equipment and Our Responsibility

DVD player on the fritz? CD player gone haywire?

We're sorry, but the Library assumes no responsibility for patron equipment problems occurring during the use of Library audio visual materials.