Fine Free Policy

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Introduction

The library‚Äôs goal is to make sure our patrons can enjoy all the books and services the library has to offer.  Overdue fines can prevent some patrons, especially children, from checking out books and other materials from the library.  The library wants to unblock accounts, encourage patrons to bring items back, and reduce barriers to access.

Notifications

Patrons are still responsible for returning items on time as a courtesy to other patrons. In order to help patrons return materials on time the library will send notices to patrons regarding check-out materials including upcoming due dates, overdue notifications, and bills for never-returned items.

Borrowing Privileges

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 outstanding holds requests from other patrons. Any materials not returned or renewed by the end of their borrowing period are considered overdue.

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.

Should it become necessary staff may place limits on the number of items that can be checked out per patron.

Exclusions

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.

(Adopted by the Harrison Memorial Library Board of Trustees May 2019.)