Beginning April 5, the New Braunfels Public Library will extend loan periods on some library materials.

Books, audiobooks and CDs will have a four-week initial checkout with one renewal, up from the previous three-week initial checkout period. New books and new audiobooks will maintain the existing two-week initial checkout period with two renewals.

Blu-ray Discs and DVDs will increase from a one-week to two-week initial checkout period with two renewals.

“The changes are intended to streamline the amount of time different types of materials can be checked out,” said Gretchen Pruett, New Braunfels Public Library director, in a statement.

Library materials that are eligible for renewal will continue to automatically renew at noon on their due date, and items not eligible for renewal will not be subject to overdue fees.

Items will not renew if the materials are on hold for another library cardholder, Pruett said, and patrons are encouraged to return materials as soon as they are finished using them.

If an overdue item has not been returned two weeks after its final due date, the cardholder’s account will be blocked, and no additional items can be checked out until the overdue item is returned or paid for. Cardholders can check out up to 50 items at one time.