Library Policies

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Borrowing Policies & procedures:

To borrow library materials you must be a registered user. Show your library card or valid picture ID when checking materials out. For your protection, do not allow anyone else to use your library card. Report a lost library or ID card immediately by calling 253-967-5889.

  1. Please do not attempt to repair any damaged material.
  2. Lewis-McChord Libraries will not be responsible for any damage to the borrower’s audio or video equipment.

Check-out Periods

  1. 21 day checkout: Books, audiobooks, music CDs
  2. 14 day checkout: TV series
  3. 7 day checkout: Movies, video games, museum passes

Check-out Limits

  1. 99 books, talking books or magazines
  2. 10 Music CDs
  3. 10 DVDs
  4. 5 Video games

Reserved Material

Reserved library materials will be held at the circulation desk. Reserves can be made in person, by telephone, or through the online catalog at

  1. Reserves are filled in the order in which they are placed
  2. Patrons will be notified as soon as the requested materials become available
  3. Reserves are held for 5 days


Most materials may be renewed at the Circulation Desk, by phone, or through the online catalog. Items on hold may not be renewed. You cannot renew anything if there is a block on your record. Items may be renewed up to 2 times.

Overdue Materials

  1. Overdue reminders will be emailed for materials not returned by the due date.
  2. Accounts will be blocked when item is 30 days overdue.

Return of Library Materials

Library materials may be returned to any library in the JBLM Library System: Grandstaff, Book Patch or McChord.

  1. After normal business hours, please return materials to:
    Grandstaff Library Book Drop located by the front doors of the library
    Grandstaff Drive-UP Book Drop located in the parking lot behind the library building
    McChord Library Book Drop located in the tower in front of the education building
    McChord Library Book Drop located in the entry, outside of the library
  2. If the book returns are full, DO NOT leave materials outside.

Interlibrary Loan Materials (ILL)

  1. Materials borrowed for Lewis-McChord Libraries cardholders from other libraries      through ILL are subject to all loan periods, fines, rules and regulations      established by lending libraries.
  2. ILL materials will be renewed only as permitted by the lending library.

All library materials must be returned before clearing the Lewis-McChord Libraries.

  1. Photocopies – free (15 page limit)
  2. Free scanning
  3. Free outgoing faxes

Internet Access

  1. Free, available on a “first-come, first-served” basis
  2. Free WiFi available