Overdues, Fines, Bill

FINES FOR OVERDUE MATERIALS

The library charges fines for materials which are not returned to the library by the due date. This process is in place to protect the public’s access to, and investment in, library materials by providing a method for recovery of overdue items and for retrieving materials that are long overdue (six months or more).

  • Patron Overdue Notification Schedule

            1. First notice of overdue items will be issued 10 days after due date and sent to each patron upon verification, based on their chosen notification preference (phone, email, text message, etc).

            2. Second notice of overdue items will be issued 20 days after due date and sent to each patron upon verification

            3. Third notice in the form of a bill listing overdue items and their replacement    price will be issued 30 days and mailed to each patron after verification.

            4. Long Overdue Materials—Library accounts for which a bill has been sent may be submitted to a collection agency and/or to a local law enforcement agency for further action. (See appendix A, pg. 4- Code of Iowa, Chapter 714.5 Theft of Library Materials and Equipment)

  • Fines and Fees

Books, audiobooks, music CDs, and magazines are subject to a fine of 10c per item per day, to a maximum fine of $5 per item. DVDs and video games are subject to a fine of $1 per day, to a maximum fine of $10 per item.

  • Lost or Damaged Materials

Patrons are responsible for any materials lost or damaged checked-out to their library card.

  • The replacement cost for a lost or damaged item is charged to the borrower’s account on which the item was checked out at the time it was lost or damaged.
  • Borrowers are responsible for materials which were checked out on lost or stolen cards prior to notification to the library of the card loss, with a maximum liability of $50.00
  • The replacement cost of the item is listed in the library’s item record, typically its retail cost.
  • Patrons may not replace lost or damaged items with like or in-kind materials. Replacement of library materials is facilitated by, and at the discretion of, library staff, as assigned.
  • Replacement or repair costs may be waived in full or part by the Library Director (or his/her designee), on a case-by-case basis.