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Fines


Overdue fines are charged for items that are not renewed or returned by the due date.  Fines are assessed at the time overdue materials are renewed or returned.  Fines begin on the day following the due date and are assessed a rate of ten cents (0.10) per day per item for all circulating materials except the following:

            --interlibrary loan materials have a fine of $1 (one dollar) per day

            --book discussion kits have a fine of $1 (one dollar) per day

            --“most wanted” materials have a fine of $1.00 (one dollar) per day

            --special professional materials have a fine of $1.00 (one dollar) per day

The maximum fine charged for overdue items is $5.00 (five dollars) except for the following:

            --pamphlets and periodicals have a maximum fine of $2 (two dollars)

            --book discussion kits have a maximum fine of $20 (twenty dollars)

            --“most wanted” materials have a maximum fine of $20 (twenty dollars)

            -- interlibrary loan materials have a maximum fine of $60 (sixty dollars)

            --special professional materials have a maximum fine of $100 (one hundred dollars)

Damaged Fees

Fees are charged for damaged items, for lost materials, and for other library products and services as designated by the Library Board.  When damaged materials are returned which can be repaired, the cost to the library of repairing the materials is charged.  The list price of replacing damaged materials will be charged if the material is damaged beyond repair. Partial damages may be prorated, based on the value of the material and the extent of the damage, especially if only one in a multi set is damaged.  Damaged interlibrary loan materials will be returned to the owing library to be assessed.

The library district does not accept privately purchased items as replacements for damaged material.

Lost Items

The fee charged for lost items will be the list price of the item.  Fees for lost interlibrary loan items are assessed per Policy C192.05.  Refunds may be issued for returned lost and paid items for a period of three months (90 days) only following the payment of an item.  Branch managers may exercise discretion in approving refunds.  Contributing factors include, but are not limited to the following:  type of material, availability, cost of replacement, need, subject area, condition of the material, and whether an item has already been replaced.  Fines, fees and other charges assessed to the customer shall be calculated and deducted from the amount of the refund.

The library does not accept privately purchased items as replacement for lost items.

Other Fees

Fees for other products and services may include but are not limited to the following:  replacement library card fee, online searching fee, returned check, collection agency service fee, nonresident fee, service charges for lost interlibrary loan items and other miscellaneous fees. A schedule of current miscellaneous fees shall be available in each branch.  The Board of Trustees will annually review this policy and the schedule of current miscellaneous fees.

(Revised 3/14/05; Effective 5/1/05; Revised 10/8/2013)