Borrowing Materials

Your library card gives you the ability to borrow both physical and digital materials from our library and other libraries in the MORE library consortium.  When you sign your library card application, you agree to take good care of library materials and to return them on time.  

Where can I check out library materials?
You can check out materials from Altoona Public Library, as well as any of the 49 MORE libraries.  For a list of libraries, click here.  You can check out e-books and e-audiobooks from anywhere with wifi. For more about our digital downloads, click here

Where can I return materials?  
You can return materials at any MORE library.  We have a dropbox at the ciculation desk for you to return library materials, as well as an outside dropbox if you are dropping materials off after hours.  Our outside dropbox is located in the front of the building near the bike rack.  You may also return materials at any of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library dropboxes located at several businesses around Eau Claire. 

Please do not place DVDs or CDs in the outside drop box as it could result in damage that you would be responsible for. 

What if I lose or damage an item?
If materials are not returned on time,  two overdue notices will be sent, followed by a replacement bill including a processing fee.  If an item belonging to Altoona Public Library is damaged and determined by the director of the library to be unfit to circulate, you will be charged for the replacement of the item.  If the item is from another MORE library, the item will be sent back to the library and you will be billed at that library's discretion. 

Can I get reminders to return an item?
Yes!  We provide a service called Library Elf to help you keep track of your library materials.  To learn more and to sign up, click here

How long can I keep library materials?
Loan periods for Altoona Public Library items are listed in the chart below.  Please keep in mind that not all MORE libraries have the same loan periods. If you checked out another library's item, their loan periods apply. 

What are the late fees?
Late fees for Altoona Public Library items are listed below.  Please keep in mind that not all MORE libraries have the same late fees.   If you have checked out another library's item, their late fees apply.   

Altoona Public Library Loan Periods and Late Fees

Lucky Day DVDs 3 days $1.00 per day
Lucky Day books and audiobooks  7 days $.50 per day
ILL materials (regardless of format)  3 weeks $.50 per day
Kindles 2 weeks $.10 per day
iPads 2 hours in-house  $1.00 per 15 mins. overdue