The library has gone fine-free!

Why will the library no longer collect overdue fines?
Our goal is to make sure you can enjoy all the books and services the library has to
offer. Overdue fines can prevent some patrons from checking out books and other
materials from the library. The library wants to unblock accounts and encourage you to
bring items back.

How does the new fine-free policy work?
You are still responsible for returning items on time as a courtesy to other patrons.
Library cardholders may check out items for up to 21 days (3 weeks) and have the
opportunity to renew each item up to two times. Certain items are not eligible for
renewal, including some items borrowed through Inter-Library Loan and items with holds requests.

In order to help you return materials on time the library will send email notices regarding checked-out materials including upcoming due dates, overdue notifications, and bills for never-returned items.

After 35 days overdue, the privilege of borrowing further physical materials (books, DVDs, audiobooks, playaways) will be suspended. In addition, overdue item(s) will be considered lost and the patron will be billed the replacement cost.

If the item(s) are returned undamaged, all related fees shall be removed from the account and borrowing privileges will be reinstated. If the item is not returned or is returned damaged the patron will be responsible for the monetary cost for the item. Charges for never-returned or damaged items will be calculated at list price.

This policy does not apply to fees for library services and products such as replacement library cards, copying, printing, or replacement costs for lost or damaged materials.

How many items may I borrow and for how long?

You may borrow unlimited physical items at a time for a 3 week period. If you need more time, you can renew the item(s) twice if no one else has placed a hold. If you have items more than 35 days overdue you will need to return the items or pay for them in order to retain your borrowing privileges or place a hold. Your library card also gives you access to streaming and downloadable items, which you can access from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Where and when should I return my items?

Items may be returned to the Main Library or the Park Branch Library in Carmel-by-the-Sea and will be checked in from your account on the day received. Outside book drops are located behind the Harrison Library at the corner of Sixth and Lincoln, and in the Park Branch side parking lot. Items returned to book drops will be checked in the day received. Items returned to any other peninsula library may be delayed in delivery and will be checked in the day received at our library.

What are the late fees?

No late fees!  Just bring your items back on time. If you have items more than 35 days overdue you need to return or pay for the items to retain your borrowing privileges.

What if an item is lost or damaged?

If an item is not returned or is returned in damaged condition, the borrower will be charged the list price of the item. The Library does not accept replacement items. 

Renewing Materials and Placing Holds

You can renew your materials twice, except for items with holds. You can renew books or place a hold through our catalog with your library card number and your PIN, or by phone at (831) 624-4629 or (831) 624-4664. If you have items more than 35 days overdue you need to return the items to place a hold.

Library Fees

  • Library card replacement – $3
  • Visitor card for out of state visitors – $10/month
  • Interlibrary loan  – $5 per item
  • Printing  – $.20/page for black and white, $.50/page for color
  • Copying  – $.20/page
  • Replacement fee for lost or damaged books, audiobooks, DVDs - list cost of item
  • Replacement fee for lost or damaged magazines – $5