A library card is required to borrow materials.

Patrons may check out a maximum of 30 items, only four of which may be DVDs, Blu-rays, music CDs, or any combination thereof.  New patrons may check out a maximum of 3 items for their first three months.

We have a wide variety of materials available for browsing and check out.  Loan periods are as follows: 

7 Days: 

Audiovisual materials (DVD, CD, Blu-Ray, video games)

Civil service test books

14 Days:

New fiction


28 Days: 


Older fiction


All children’s items

Reference materials and current issues of magazines do not circulate.


All Ogdensburg materials, except magazines, may be renewed.  Materials borrowed from other libraries may have restrictions.

Items may be renewed by phone, in person, or on the Internet provided they are not overdue and have not been placed on reserve.  You should have the item with you when renewing. 

New items may be renewed one time if there are no holds on them.

Other items may be renewed twice if there are no holds.

Interlibrary Loan

If we do not have the title you want, it may be possible to order it from another library.  You may do this yourself from the online catalog, or ask a library staff member to do it for you.  Our items may also be reserved in the same way.  If the item you want is unavailable, please see a staff member.  You are allowed a maximum of ten items on hold at a time.

Fines and Charges

Fines for most items are $0.15 per day.  Fines for DVDs, Blu-Rays, and CDs are $1.00 per day.  You will receive notification by mail or email if your item has been overdue for more than a month.

Any patron who has lost books or other materials will be charged the cost of the item as determined by the library plus a $2.00 processing charge.  

Damaged materials will be charged at cost of repair.  Damage resulting from fair wear and tear will not result in charges.  Please advise library staff whenever you find damaged materials.

Unpaid fines and/or fees and charges in excess of $5.00 will result in the suspension of borrowing privileges until such time as fines/fees are paid.

Specialty Items

In 2014 we added a Cake Pan Library and a Seed Library.

What’s a seed library? 

Well, it’s a bit like a regular library, only patrons borrow seeds instead of books, and there are no overdue fines!  Here’s how it works.  We have set up an old card catalog filled with seed packets.  Patrons can come in and choose a few seeds – for free – from the wide variety available.  Take the seeds home, plant them, let them grow, and enjoy the fruits (and vegetables, and herbs, and flowers) of your labor.  Toward the end of the growing season, let some of the healthiest plants go to seed.  Gather up the seeds from any of those plants and bring them (labeled) to the library.  They’ll form the basis of next year’s seed library!  Although gardeners do not have to bring anything back at the end of the season, our goal is to have the seed library be entirely the result of donations next year.*  We do ask that participants take only what will be planted and that they donate seeds back if they can.  We need your help to make this work!  

On that note, the library staff is looking for a volunteer who will guide us as we help patrons learn about seed saving.  If anyone with knowledge and experience wants to volunteer to help those of us without green thumbs, we would be very grateful.  Please contact the library.  And remember that there are many great gardening books available for checkout at the library! 

*The seed library may be discontinued for lack of donations.

What is a cake pan library?

While it might sound strange for a library to loan out cake pans, it’s not really that different from loaning out books.  We have a selection of over four dozen baking pans (and two jello molds) in different shapes.  You can check any one out for a week, bake a cake for your party or other event, then return the washed pan for the next patron who needs it.  As long as you return the pan within the week, it’s absolutely free of charge.  And, as always, if you have a pan in good condition that you no longer use regularly we invite you to donate it to our collection.

Cake pans (pdf): 

2014 |  2015

These policies were last updated 05/01/14.