Borrowing & Returning

Lending Guidelines

Library Cards

Any resident of Atoka, Carter, Johnston, Love, or Murray County is eligible for a free library card. Cards are issued to minors, age fourteen and under, with the signature of a parent or legal guardian acknowledging responsibility for library materials checked out by the child.

Non-residents are required to pay a yearly fee of $25.00. A SOLS library card can be used at any SOLS library. By accepting and signing a library card from the SOLS, customers accept responsibility for using all library materials and Computer / Internet services appropriately.

Revised and Approved by the Board May 16, 2022

Loan Periods

  • Books & Audio Books 2 weeks
  • DVDs 1 week – Limited to four (4) per individual or eight (8) per family (household)
  • Magazines 1 week – 1 week – Limited to five (5) per individual

Checkout Limits

25 TOTAL ITEMS including no more than eight (8) DVDs per family / household and no more than five (5) magazines per individual.

New Borrowers

New Borrowers may have no more than two (2) items checked out at any given time for the first two (2) months. New Borrowers will be limited to one (1) DVD per check out per family / household for the first two (2) months.

Reciprocal Borrowing

Reciprocal Borrowing – Any patron who has a library card in the Southeastern Public Library System of Oklahoma is eligible for a reciprocal card with the Southern Oklahoma Library System.


SOLS requests that items be returned in a timely manner.

Patrons may not check out additional materials if they have more than four (4) overdue items or have charges or fees on their account.

Overdue Notices, Late Fees, Lost Items

Patrons will be sent one (1) overdue notice within two (2) weeks after materials(s) have become overdue. After 56 days, the material(s) are considered lost and patrons will be “charged for the lost items.”

Patrons will be charged $1 per item per day for overdue DVDs up to $5.00 (per DVD).

Reserve and Renew


  • Up to 10 items may be placed on hold at any one time.
  • Interlibrary Loan requests are limited to 5 per request.
  • Interlibrary Loan requests can be placed at a SOLS library or on the SOLS website.


Items, with the exception of DVDs and items on hold for another patron may be renewed once, either by phone, on-line or in person if renewal period has not been exceeded.

Return Items

Book Drops

For your convenience, each SOLS library has an outside book drop to return items, except for…
DVDs, audiobooks, and Wi-Fi Hotspots as they may be damaged (especially in the heat of summer).


Library materials may be returned to any SOLS library with the exception of Wi-Fi Hotspots.

Use the Internet

For Internet information, please ask to see our Internet Policies and Guidelines.