Fines & Fees Policy
Most library services are provided free of charge,
but we do charge
for a few things. If there are fines or fees on your account, you
can pay them at the main desk.
In order to check out materials,
the fines on your account must not exceed $1.
Fines may be paid by cash or personal check.
Overdue items are fined at a rate of $1 per item per day
for videos, 10¢ per item per day for other materials. Days
that the library is not open (e.g., Sundays) do not count toward
the number of days for your fines. Fines are charged when the
overdue items are renewed, returned, or charged. (Charging of
items is explained below.) Items returned in the book drop
overnight will count as having been returned the previous
evening, even if they are returned after midnight, but once
we open in the morning and empty the drop it is a new day.
Overdue fines are non-refundable.
When an item is returned in poor condition, damage fees
may be assessed, depending on circumstances. Damage is
evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Fees are not normally charged
for ordinary wear (e.g., book bindings that come apart after
repeated circulation) or for conditions that can be easily
repaired (e.g., a tape that just needs a short section
spliced out). However, the library reserves the right to charge
for damage that goes beyond what is ordinary or beyond what
can be repaired.
If the item has been completely destroyed, the full price of the
item may be charged, along with a processing fee (see below).
Damage fees are generally not refundable.
If an item cannot be returned because it is lost or cannot be
retrieved, the price of the item will be charged as a lost item
fee, along with a processing fee (see below). If the item is
later found and returned, the lost item fee (i.e., the cost of
the item) is refundable. If you believe you may be able to
find the item, we prefer that you renew the item if possible
and look for it, rather than declare it lost. We would
rather have the book (or other item) than your money.
If a long-overdue item is not returned after a long time, the
cost of the item may be charged to your account, along with a
processing fee (see below). The cost of the item is refundable,
if you bring the item back. The processing fee and overdue fines
are non-refundable, however.
If an item is lost, damaged beyond use, or charged to your
account, a processing fee may be charged in addition to the cost
of the item. Processing fees are $1 per item and are
non-refundable. Processing fees help cover the incidental costs
(such as for barcodes, jackets or cases, labels, bibliographic
records, etc.) that the library incurs when replacing an item,
either with a new copy of the same item or with a different item.
The library reserves the right to charge for printing hard copies
using the computers and printers, microfilm readers, or photocopiers.
For prices, refer to the
Copies & Faxes price list
If you pay fines or fees by personal check, and the check
bounces, the bank will typically charge us a fee. We pass
this fee along to you, in addition to the original fines or fees,
which still need to be paid.
Please don't write bad checks.
Accounts with large outstanding balances
of fines, fees, and charged items may be submitted
to a collection agency.
In such cases a collection fee will be assessed, in
addition to the other charges. This fee is non-refundable.
(As of 2007, we are not currently doing this; but past
collection fees remain non-refundable, and we still reserve
the right to use a collection agency in the future if
it is deemed expedient to do so.)