Loan periods

  • Books and CDs: 28 days
  • Feature DVDs: 7 days
  • Nonfeature DVDs: 28 days
library cards

Library Fines and Fees

Fines and fees can be paid in-person at the Circulation Desk at either library building. You can also pay over the phone with a credit card by calling the customer service staff at 757.741.3300, option 1. See the full schedule of fines and fees.

Renewing materials

Most items may be renewed three times if not requested by another user. You may renew items online, through the telephone renewal system (757.741.3445), or by calling either building. Please have your library card number available.

Returning Items

You may return items to either building or at one of our book drops which are located at:

  • Monticello Marketplace near Publix
  • James City County Recreation Center on Longhill Road
  • Government Complex on Mounts Bay Road near Building F
  • Outside both library buildings

Placing Holds

Use the online catalog to look up the item you want to borrow. Select “Request Item,” enter your library card number, and choose where you  want to pick up the item. If you are interested in WRL’s curbside pickup service, please choose a building, not the Mobile Library Services location. You can also reserve items by calling either building. Your item(s) will be held for you for seven days from the time you are notified that they are available. Volume for holds is very high at this time and it is taking longer for staff to process hold requests. If you are able to come into the building to pick up your hold you may get it sooner. We appreciate your patience.

Suspending holds

You may suspend requests you have made for library materials. When requests are suspended, your name continues to rise in the queue but the hold will not be activated for you until after the date you specify. Your request automatically reactivates after the suspend period.

  • Login to your Library Account
  • Click Hold Requests on the Overview page
  • Check the box next to each pending request you wish to suspend
  • From the date pulldown boxes above the bar, select the month, day, and year you wish your request reactivated
  • Click the Suspend request until button above the bar