Lending Policies

Material Type Loan Period Renewals Overdue


Borrowers Holds
New Adult Fiction & Nonfiction Books 14 days 2 $0 anyone allowed
Adult & Teen Materials (books, magazines, audiobooks) 21 days 2 $0 anyone allowed
Juvenile Materials (all books, magazines, audiobooks) 21 days 2 $0 anyone allowed
New DVDs (limit 2/card) 3 days 0 $0 anyone allowed
New TV Series (limit 2/card) 7 days 0 $0 anyone allowed
DVDs & TV Series 7 days 1 $0 anyone allowed
iPads (limit 1/card) 3 days 0 $5.00 HPPL only not allowed
Wifi Hotspots (limit 1/card) 14 days 1 $1.00 HPPL only HPPL only
Laptop Computers (limit 1/card) 14 days 0 $5.00 HPPL only not allowed
Headphones 1 day 0 $0 anyone not allowed
Phone/Device Chargers 1 day 0 $0 anyone not allowed
Jigsaw Puzzles 21 days 1 $0 anyone not allowed
Inter-Library Loans 21 days subject to home library $0 HPPL only not allowed
Additional Charges Fee
Paid Membership Library Card $75 annually
Replacement for Lost Library Card $1.00

Most books and media materials may be returned within the Library or in the book drop. Most materials can be returned at any Libraries of Middlesex Automated Consortia (LMxAC) member library. Materials returned at libraries outside of LMxAC will not be removed from your account until they are received at Highland Park Public Library. Technology devices (iPads, hotspots, laptops) and jigsaw puzzles must be returned inside Highland Park Library. Headphones and chargers are intended for in-house use only.

For items where holds are allowed, holds may be placed in person, by telephone, online or by using the library app (LMxPress Plus). Highland Park Public Library can obtain materials from other libraries outside LMxAC through Interlibrary Loan for Highland Park card holders. There is a limit of 3 requests per day for holds placed in person or by phone for ILL materials. Materials may be subject to their home library’s rules and regulations.

Highland Park Library items eligible for renewal are set up to be renewed automatically. Items with existing holds cannot be renewed.

Lost/damaged fees are assessed by Highland Park Public Library. Refunds are only issued for fines and fees if the library determines that payment was in error, or it is determined that a lost-and-paid item was returned within 30 days of payment.

All borrowing privileges will be blocked when fees exceed $10.00.

Effective 2/28/2017; updated and approved by HPPL Board of Trustees June 22, 2020; July 22, 2021; June 22, 2022; December 21, 2022