Borrowing Guidelines

Patrons may use their current library card to borrow material from any of the Finger Lakes Library System’s libraries. 

Every item will have one auto-renewal. However, if there is a hold on the item, it will not automatically renew.

With each card/account you can check out up to:

50 Books

5 Audiobooks

5 DVDs

2 Video Games

5 New Books

Books and audiobooks circulate for 3 weeks. DVDs circulate for 1 week.

Did you know?

As a Lansing Community Library card holder you have access to an impressive physical collection of books, magazines, movies, video games, and audiobooks at 33 Finger Lakes Library System member libraries. In addition, your card gives you access to a growing number of electronic resources.

Need a Library Card?

To apply for a free library card simply come to the library and fill out the form available at the circulation desk. Your LCL card may be used at any of the Finger Lakes Library System’s 33 member libraries.

Request books and other collection materials from other libraries!

All library card holders may place hold requests for items checked out at the home library or available at other libraries. LCL and the Finger Lakes Library System permit you to submit hold requests for many titles through the inter-library loan system. There are several deliveries each week and you will be notified via email when items you requested have arrived at LCL. 

Your Library is Now Fine Free!

We no longer charge fines on late items. This ensures that all people have access to library books and materials, which is our primary purpose as a public library. Here you’ll find information about this new policy and how it affects you.

Why Go Fine Free?

It’s good for our community. Our community is stronger and healthier when people have access to the programs, services, and materials they need to pursue their educational, career, family, and life goals. We hope this will encourage prior users to come back  to the library and attract new users to experience our offerings.

Late fines are not effective. Studies have shown that small fines have no impact on return rates. According to “Removing Barriers to Access,” a Colorado State Library whitepaper:  “The scant research on the impact of library fines and fees does not indicate a clear benefit to administering these policies and may be costly to enforce.”

It’s fiscally responsible. Due to the rise in electronic materials (which do not accrue late fines) and other factors, fines are not a sustainable form of revenue for the library. Money collected from fines and fees has gone down steadily for the past ten years, especially with the advent of auto-renew.