Your Library Card

You can use your free library card to...

  • Borrow any circulating items, including books, magazines, DVDs, videos, books on tape, CD-ROMs and music CDs from any WCCLS member library.
  • Search our online research databases from anywhere.
  • Download audio books.
  • Check your library account online.
  • Renew items online or by phone.
  • Reserve items in the library's online catalog and have the items delivered to the library or library branch of your choice.

Who can get a library card?

Any current student, artist-in-residence, or anyone who lives in Washington, Multnomah or Clackamas Counties may obtain a library card free of charge.

What do I do if I lose my library card?

If you lose your library card, please notify the library immediately so we can place a block on your account, preventing anyone from checking out on your account. Please bring another form of identification to the circulation desk at your local library and ask for a replacement card.

 What are my obligations as a cardholder?

 You are responsible for any damage to library materials that are checked out on your library card. Please keep us informed of any changes in your address or telephone number. 


All about borrowing

Circulation services

Most materials you find on the library's shelves can be checked out with a few exceptions: Reference materials (marked REFERENCE on the label), NON-CIRC items, RESERVE materials and periodicals.  Anything which can be checked out checks out for three weeks, with the exception of DVDs, they check out for one week.   

Loan Periods

Books, CDs, audio books, and non-fiction DVDs may be borrowed for three weeks; whereas regular DVD may only be checked out for one week. There is a limit of 100 items checked out at a time. There are, however, some limits to the number of items you may check out in some other categories: 10 DVDs and/or Videos, 10 Audio Books, and 10 Music CDs. Anyone with a valid library card may take home or reserve any circulating library materials.



Fines for the OCAC Community: OCAC students do not accrue overdue fines for late OCAC materials or items from other WCCLS member libraries. However, students will not be able to check-out materials if 1) any item is overdue and cannot be renewed, or 2) any damaged material charges, replacement charges, or collection agency charges exist on their account. Fines may result in blocks on student records.

Fines for General Patrons: For information about fines for non-OCAC patrons please consult the WCCLS website.


You can place holds on items online, in person at the library, or over the phone. You will receive an automated phone call when the item comes in and we will hold it for 10 days.  When the item you want is checked out, you can place that item on hold. When the item is returned, it will be held for you and you will be notified.


You can renew your items online, by the renewal line or call the OCAC library with your card number ready. Most items can be renewed twice; items can’t be renewed if someone else has requested them. Please plan ahead in case your items can’t be renewed.

Interlibrary loan

If you're looking for an item which the OCAC library or WCCLS doesn't own, the first option to try is Interlibrary Loan. Through our interlibrary loan system, we can locate and borrow specific books from other libraries throughout the U.S.  However if the title you're looking for is very in demand or rare, it may not be available through interlibrary loan.  To use this service please contact the library to help you locate the book you need.


Purchase suggestions

You also have the option of submitting a purchase suggestion. The librarian accepts suggestions for book purchases, especially from the OCAC community.