Using Materials

Checking Out Materials

Returning Materials

Renewing Materials

Requesting Materials

Suggesting Materials

Checking Out Materials

How many items can I check out?

You can check out a maximum of 36 items at one time. 10 of those items can be movies.

What are the loan periods?

Loan Period
Books, Books on Tape, Books on CDs, E-Books and E-Audiobooks
3 Weeks
Videotapes, DVDs and magazines
1 Week

Returning Materials
Where do I return materials?
Materials may be returned inside the library during normal business hours.

Where do I return materials when the library is closed?
After hours you may return materials in the book and video return drop located on the throughway that runs behind the library past the outdoor amphitheater or the drop located near the front entrance of the library. For your convenience, both drops are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, even during library service hours and holidays.

When does an item count as returned?
As long as your materials are turned in by 8am the day after the due date, it will be checked in on time. (i.e. if materials are due back May 5, turning them in by 8 am on May 6 will be considered checked in on time)

Renewing Materials

All materials may be renewed 24 times provided there are no holds on the item.

Materials can be renewed using one of the following methods:
  • By Phone: The Check Out Desk @ 972.230.9665
  • Online: When you access your account through the catalog
  • In-person: Renew at the Check Out Desk

Requesting Materials



Patrons can request holds from any of the Best Southwest Library consortium partners and pick it up at their library of choice.

  • Zula B. Wylie Library (Cedar Hill)
  • DeSoto Public Library (DeSoto)
  • Duncanville Public Library (Duncanville)
  • Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library (Lancaster)


Contact the DeSoto Public Library in person or via phone to request a hold on a library item. 

A staff member will place a hold for you.

Suggesting Materials

Click Here to suggest a title that you would like to see added to the Library's collection. Whether the material is purchased or not is based on our current collection goals and budget.