Vancouver: Good news for Vancouver library lovers: there are now unlimited free holds at VPL.

Starting Jan. 2, there are no limits on the number of free holds that Vancouver Public Library cardholders can place on library materials; the previous limit was 50 free holds a year, after which there was a small charge for each extra hold.

“Our users asked. We responded,” says Dawn Ibey, VPL’s director of library experience.

“We regularly heard from cardholders that they want more free holds” she says. “And we’re sure they’re now going to enjoy discovering more and borrowing more.”

VPL’s fee for holds that are not picked up is now $2, effective Jan. 2, an increase from the previous $1; this modest change is meant to offset any revenue lost from removing the limit on free holds.

These changes are part of a package of updates that emerged from the library’s review of late charges and other fees, and adjustments include simplifying the fee structure, so users can more easily see what fees apply to different materials.

Full details of VPL’s borrowing limits and charges are online at

Users continue to be able to have a maximum of 50 holds active at one time.

There are no changes to VPL’s late charge and maximums: 30 cents a day for adults to a maximum of $12 per item.

There continue to be no late fees for children’s materials at VPL.