Overdue Library Materials Policy

The Library Board of Trustees believes it is the responsibility of each patron to return all library materials within the time limits established by the check-out procedures. Materials loaned to patrons should be returned undamaged or undefiled.

Library patrons, including all Library Board members and staff members, who do not return materials in the allotted time limits are subject to the fine procedures established in the regulations governing overdue books (see attached for fine schedule, which is reviewed annually).   The library staff may inform patrons of overdue books as a courtesy; however, the library is not required to make such notification. The responsibility for returning books and other materials on time rests with the patron.

Patron who do not return library materials in a timely fashion and have abused library materials and privileges may subject themselves to one or more of the following, at the discretion of the Director:

  • Restrictions on the nature and number of books and materials they may check out.
  • Being charged with the current retail replacement costs of all materials checked out, with the associated administrative designated service charge per item.
  • The revoking of library check-out and library card privileges.

Patrons, who have lost, damaged, or defiled library material shall pay the full current retail replacement cost of the item(s), with an administrative service charge of per item.

The Director of Library Service shall monitor the procedures for the return of overdue books and shall enforce the policy as uniformly as possible. Administrative regulations for the implementation of this policy shall be established by the Director and given to the staff.

See also –
Loan Periods
Overdue Materials and Fines

Adopted:  11/12/1986
Reconfirmed:  3/8/1995
Reconfirmed:  5/12/2005
Reconfirmed:  6/11/2009
Revised: 1/9/2014

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