Borrowing Procedures

All library card holders may borrow materials at no charge

A Fine Free Library

Effective 9/1/2023, Northern Tier Library is becoming a fine free library. Removing fines improves accessibility, encourages everyone to enjoy the library, and helps everyone find their love for reading, literacy, and exploration. 

Borrowing Procedure

Books on the Bestsellers shelf and all other items circulate for 3 weeks.

New DVDs and magazines circulate for 1 week.

Materials on the Bestsellers shelf cannot be
renewed. All other items can be renewed up to six times unless requested by another patron.

There is no limit to the number of items you can check out at a time.

Lost & Damaged Items

Patrons will be charged the full price of the item if they are not returned or returned damaged.

No refunds will be made.

No replacements will be accepted.




Understanding Automatic Renewals

What are automatic renewals? 

If item(s) checked out on your card are able
to be renewed, when the due date approaches, the system will automatically renew the item(s) for you.

How will you know if your item has been automatically renewed? 

You can log into your account online at to see what
items were renewed.

Patrons with email notifications will receive a courtesy email notice listing upcoming due dates that will show which items were automatically renewed and which were unable to be renewed.

When will an item not be automatically renewed?

An item will NOT be automatically renewed if:
It is an item that does not offer renewals
(like our bestseller copies of new books &
WiFi hotspots).

The item has a hold on it.

The patron has already used their allotted six (6) renewals.

The patron has accrued more than $10 in fines and is no longer eligible to check out materials.

How many times can items be renewed? 

You can now renew items up to six times!
(Some items like bestsellers & WiFi hotspots
do not offer renewals.


What about items checked out from other libraries? 

All libraries in the Allegheny County Library
Association are offering auto-renewals for
library users.

As long as the items are eligible for auto-renewal, they may be renewed up to six (6) times.

Does the apply to eBooks? 

No, automatic renewals do not apply to eBooks, but patrons may manually renew their items in their Libby account.