Overdues & Fines

Conscience Jar

Overdue Notification & Fines

Items are considered to be Overdue if they have not been returned by 7 days after the due date. Patrons are notified of overdue items either by email or mail depending on their preference. If no preference has been explicitly stated and an email address has been provided, notices are sent via email.

The Library does not specify or charge overdue fines for any materials but a conscience jar located at the check-in desk allows patrons to self-administer their own fines if they feel inclined.

Fines for Long Overdue or Lost Items

Items are considered to be Lost if they have not been returned by 30 days after the due date. Patrons are notified of lost items via a Billing Notice sent either by email or mail depending on their preference. If no preference has been explicitly stated and an email address has been provided, notices are sent via email. The Billing Notice informs the patron of the replacement cost of the item and that all charges will be waived with the safe return of the item before it is 90 days overdue, which is always our preferred outcome.

However, once an item is overdue by 90 days, regardless of whether it is returned or not, the patron will be liable for the replacement cost.

Patrons with an outstanding balance of $10 or more can no longer check out materials. Once the item(s) is/are returned or FULL payment received, the patron is again in good standing and may resume borrowing privileges.

Fines for Damaged Items

Patrons are charged for the replacement cost of materials that are returned damaged beyond repair. Patrons are notified by phone or in person of the damaged item and of the replacement cost. Patrons with an outstanding balance of $10 or more can no longer check out materials. Once FULL payment for the damaged item is received, the patron is again in good standing and may resume borrowing privileges.