About Maxwell

Maxwell's flag. Logo: "Maxwell Memorial Library/In the heart of Camillus since 1918"


Jennifer BurkeDirector
Rena BrowerLibrary Assistant
Melissa LewandowskiYouth Services Librarian
Pete SchultTechnology Librarian

Your OCPL Library Card

Your OCPL library card can be used at any public library in Onondaga County. At Maxwell Memorial Library, patrons need a valid library card in order to check out materials. Library cards are offered free of charge.

To obtain a card, patrons must present photo identification with their name and current address, or a combination of current photo ID and a second piece of identification that verifies their name and current address such as a recent utility bill or tax receipt.

We ask that children under twelve be accompanied by a parent or guardian to obtain a card, and they must be able to write their first and last name. Cardholders are responsible for use of the card, unless it has been reported lost or stolen to the library.

When patrons have a PIN attached to their card, they have the capability of accessing the OCPL website from any location to access reference databases, view their account, place items on reserve, and renew items they have checked out. The Library asks that you have your library card with you when you visit, or call, the library.

Loan Periods, Renewals, Fines & Lost Charges

Most of our materials are checked out for three weeks. There are exceptions (notably DVDs and Rapid Read books), so ask if you’re not sure about the period for any item.

Patrons may have up to 50 items checked out on their card, with up to 10 of those items being media, that is, Audio Books and DVDs.

Items may be renewed twice providing there are no reserves or other special restrictions on them. Renewals may be done in person, by phone, or through the OCPL website.

Renewals cannot be performed by emailing the library.

Overdue fines of 25¢ per day per item are assessed on items which are more than one day late. The maximum overdue fine per item is $10.

For lost or severely damaged items, the account is charged with our replacement fee.

Juvenile & young adult items do not incur late fees, but as with adult items, we charge a replacement fee for lost or damaged items.

Fines schedules may vary among suburban member libraries.

An overdue notice is sent out when an item is two weeks late. A final notice is sent two weeks after that.

Borrowing privileges are suspended when the balance on the card reaches $5.00 or more.

Accounts with unpaid fines and/or other charges of $50, and above, will be turned over to the library’s collection agency, Unique Management Services, Inc. This includes unpaid fines on returned items.

If an account is turned over to collections, a service charge of $10 will be added to the account balance.

Reserves and Interlibrary Loans

Patrons may request items that are not available at the library be sent from another library in the OCPL system be sent to Maxwell Library.

Patrons can be put on a waiting list for popular titles.

When a requested item arrives, we ask that the item be picked up within five library business days.

Items not available at any library in the county may be requested through a special interlibrary loan. This has to be done at the Main Desk. When these items arrive, they may be checked out for a for a period of time determined by the lending library.

Interlibrary loan items must also be returned to the library from which they were checked out.