Services and Policies

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Loan Periods, Renewals and Fines for Materials

Material Type Loan Period Renewals Overdue Fines
Books,music CDs 3 weeks 5 times* .25 per day
New books 2 weeks 5 times* .25 per day
Videos, DVDs and Blu-Rays 2 weeks 5 times* $1 per day
ebooks and eaudiobooks 7, 14 or 21 days Varies* No fines
Book Club Bags
8 weeks No renewals $1 per day


*Items may not be renewed if on reserve for another borrower.

Sarasota County Library Mission
The mission of the Sarasota County Library System is to offer equal access to information, foster lifelong learning and inspire community engagement. 
Book Club Bags

Book Club Bags contain 10 copies of a single title along with a biography of the title's author, discussion questions, a list of suggested further reading, and a brochure for the Literature Resource Center database.


Books-by-Mail is a fast, convenient service to send library materials to people who are unable to access the library collection due to temporary or long-term physical or visual disability.

  • Available materials are large-print books, audio books (CD and Cassette) and descriptive video recordings (VHS and DVD). 

For more information, please contact our Books By Mail office at 941-861-2503.

Collection Development

The Sarasota County Library System carefully selects and purchases materials so that patrons have access to a wide range of materials in a variety of formats to meet research, recreational and educational needs.

  • Materials chosen for collections meet certain criteria established by the Library System documented in the Collection Development Policy.
  • Materials are selected by professional librarians using reputable and respected professional review sources. 
  • Recommendations from library patrons are also accepted by submitting a Purchase Request form
Government Documents
Selby Library has been a selective depository in the Federal Depository Library Program since 1970 and currently receives approximately 50 percent of the government publications distributed through the program.
Interlibrary Loan Policy
Library Rules

The Rules of Conduct are intended to encourage behavior that supports the library's mission to provide the best possible resources in a welcoming environment.

The County Facility Rules promote behavior that supports the mission of Sarasota County Government, the proper use of its facilities by the public, the protection and preservation of County facilities, and the health and safety of visitors and employees at County facilities.

Public Computer, Internet, Wireless Use Policies

Sarasota County Libraries provide computers and free Wi-Fi for public use at all ten libraries.
Use of library computers implies acceptance of the policies and rules available at the start of each Internet session.



Effective March 1, 2018, Sarasota County Libraries now limits renewals on all items to five (5) renewals.
Materials may be renewed by telephone, online or in person with your library card. For instructions on how to renew your own materials online, visit the renewals help on SUNCAT.

Talking Books

Sarasota County residents are served by the Pinellas Talking Book Library, a free service administered through the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative. 

Through the Pinellas Talking Book Library, residents of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical or learning disabilities are provided recorded, Braille and large-print books and magazines as well as a collection of descriptive videos and playaways. 

For more information on the Pinellas Talking Book Library and how to access its services, visit or call 1-866-619-9568 or 727-441-9958.

  • Pinellas Talking Book Library is part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a network of libraries serving people who have difficulty using or reading regular print. 
  • For more information on the NLS, please visit


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