Loan Periods, Limits and Fines

The listed policies apply at most C/WMARS libraries. Other libraries may have different overdue fines, rules, and policies.

C/WMARS stands for Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing. The Libraries in the C/WMARS network, including the Springfield City Library, share library items with each other.

How long you can borrow items:
1 week – Movies, Magazines, Video Games
2 weeks – New Adult Books
3 weeks – All other library materials

Audio-Visual Material Check Out Limits:
(applies to Springfield City Library items)
3 Video Games
8 Each of DVDs and CDs

C/WMARS Network Check Out Limits:
20 Total DVDs/CDs/Video Games
50 Items checked out on your card
20 Holds (items you’ve requested)

If you’d like to borrow your item for longer, you can request to Renew your item. You get one renewal, meaning you can borrow the item for another 1-3 weeks depending on the item type.

Interlibrary Loans (from non-C/WMARS libraries)
Late fees for interlibrary loan items are set by the lending library.

Lost Items
Items that are kept out for four weeks past their due date will be considered lost, and the borrower will be charged a lost item fine. The fine will vary depending on the original cost of the item. If the item is later returned in usable condition, the lost item fine will be waived.