Fines are charged to encourage the timely return of materials. Materials returned with missing pieces will be charged overdue fines until the item is complete and can be circulated again.
Items that are either reported as Lost or have not been returned within 42 days of the due date will be assessed fees for the purchase and processing of replacements. The replacement fee reflects the list cost of the item, and the processing fee is a flat charge of $7.50 to offset costs associated with preparing the replacement copy for the collection.
The Library will also charge the replacement and processing fee for any item that is returned in a damaged state that requires its withdrawal from the collection.
If an item is damaged but can still circulate, the patron will be charged a variable fee reflecting the cost and labor involved in restoring the item to an appropriate condition. Examples of such damage include: removal of labels, writing on pages, tearing of pages, and removal of cover art from AV materials. Please refer to the section on Caring for Library Materials for guidance on the proper care of borrowed items.
The Library employs the services of Unique National Collections (UNC) to assist in the recovery of materials that are designated as long overdue. Patrons will be assessed a $10 referral fee if their account is referred to UNC for recovery. The table below summarizes the steps that the Library takes to encourage the prompt return of materials:
We accept payment by cash, check, money order, cashier's check, credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover) and debit card at any of our four locations. Credit and debit card payments are also supported at the Self Checkout stations at any of our four locations.