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CPL Library Cards

Chesapeake Traditional Free Full Service Card

  • You can check out up to 30 items (limit 5 video games) and renew items online.
  • You can check out up to 5 Lucky Day items.
  • You can place Inter-Library Loans.
  • You can place holds and request materials be transferred from one branch to another for pickup.
  • You can access the Library’s online databases from outside the Library.
  • You will be asked to renew your card every year.

Loan Periods & Fines

  • All items check out for 3 weeks.
  • Items may be renewed for an additional 3 weeks if no one else has requested the item. You may renew items twice, which gives you up to 9 total weeks.
  • Any item returned past its due date will accrue an overdue fine.
  • Fines are $0.20 per day with a $3.00 maximum for each item. (Please keep this in mind when checking out multiple items. $0.20/day for each item checked out can add up quickly.)
  • Fines for Inter-Library Loan materials are $0.50 per day with no maximum.
  • When a fine reaches $10.00 or more, your library card will be blocked. You will be unable to check materials out, place holds or renew items until the fine is paid below $10.00.
  • Fines that haven't been paid within 90 days will also cause your card to be blocked. Fines below $10.00 that haven't been paid within 90 days may still cause your card to be blocked.
  • Fines may be paid online by logging into your account and choosing Fines from the menu.
  • We do not store your sensitive financial information in our systems. Should we need to issue you a refund, a check will be sent to your mailing address.

How to Apply for a Library Card

  1. Please include your 4 digit zip code extension number if you know it. Please limit your PIN to 4-8 digit numbers.
  2. Click on Apply Now
  3. Fill in application form online.
  4. Within three days, visit one of the 7 Chesapeake Public Library buildings.
  5. Show your government-issued indentification.
  6. Receive and sign your library card!
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