Overdue Library Materials Policy

It is the responsibility of each patron to return all library materials within the time limits established.

Materials loaned to patrons should be returned undamaged.

Library patrons, including all Library Board members and staff members, who do not return materials within the allotted time limits are subject to the fines procedures established in the fine schedule.

The Library staff may inform patrons of overdue books as a courtesy; however, the Library is not required to make such a notification. The responsibility for returning books and other materials on time rests with the patron.

Patrons who do not return library materials in a timely fashion and/or 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 type and number of materials they may check out
  • Being charged replacement costs
  • Revocation of library check-out and library card privileges

Patrons who have lost or damaged library material shall pay the established replacement cost of the item(s). The Library does not accept donated items as replacements.

The Library Director 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.

Adopted 11/12/1986
Reconfirmed 3/8/1995
Reconfirmed 5/12/2005
Reconfirmed 6/11/2009
Revised 1/9/2014
Revised 2/13/2020