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  • FINES AND FEES

    Members are responsible for returning items on time and monitoring their account in order to avoid late fees. As a courtesy, the library provides a variety of notices to assist members in avoiding late fees. Library privileges are temporarily blocked if the account balance reaches $5 or more.

    Overdue Fines     Other Fees  
    Children's Items 15¢ per item per day   Replacement Library Card $2 ($1 for Juvenile cards)
    Adult / Teen Items 25¢ per item per day   Inter-library Loan (ILL) $5 per request
    (plus lending library fees when applicable)
    New Adult Books / 
    Lucky Day Books
    50¢ per item per day   Internet Usage $2 per one hour session
    (two free hours per day with a library card)
    DVDs $1 per item per day   Copies/Prints  15¢ per B&W page
    50¢ per Color page
    Interlibrary Loans $1 per item per day      

    Fine Free Youth Library Cards

    Beginning July 2, 2018, Santa Monica Public Library has stopped charging overdue fines to Youth (ages 0-18) cardholders. Accrued fines have been automatically removed.  

    Eliminating overdue fines for our young patrons will help remove barriers to their use of the Library and keep them reading and succeeding in school.

    Note: This change applies to overdue fines only.  Charges related to lost or damaged materials will continue to apply.  The fine free status applies solely to Santa Monica Public Library cards issued to patrons ages 0-18. This does not apply to youth or teen materials checked out to an adult library card.

    Fees for Lost and Damaged Materials

    Items that are overdue for 42 days or more are considered lost. Accounts with lost items are blocked until the item is returned or paid for in full. Items with ink stains, water damage, removed labels, missing parts, torn pages, and other problems caused by improper care of library materials are considered damaged. Accounts with damaged items are blocked until the associated charges are resolved. Damaged items that require removal from the collection will need to be paid for in full. Library staff may attempt to contact you by telephone or email regarding a problem with a returned item. It is your responsibility to ensure that the contact information on file is accurate.

    The replacement fee and processing fee must both be resolved in order for an item to be considered "paid for in full". The replacement fee reflects the library purchase price and the processing fee offsets costs associated with preparing the replacement item for the collection. Overdue fines do not apply for items that have been paid for in full. Under some circumstances, members may be given the option of purchasing a brand new, identical replacement item in lieu of the replacement fee only (the processing fee will still apply). 

    Collection Agency Fees

    The Library employs the services of Unique National Collections (UNC) to assist in the recovery of materials that are designated as long overdue.  Members will be assessed a $10 referral fee if their account is referred to UNC. The table below summarizes the steps that the library takes to encourage the prompt return of materials:

    3 days overdue
    7 days overdue
    21 days overdue
    The library sends an overdue notice as a courtesy. Members are responsible for monitoring their accounts, even if they do not receive a notice
    42 days overdue  Item is marked lost and a printed bill is mailed. Account is blocked until the issue is resolved.  
    56 days overdue  Account is referred to Unique National Collections (UNC). A non-reversible $10 referral fee is added to the bill. Account will remain blocked until any outstanding balance is paid in full.
    176 days overdue   UNC will take action on your delinquent account that may affect your credit rating.

    Payment Methods

    The Santa Monica Public Library offers four convenient options for making payments on your library account. If you have questions about fines or fees listed on your account, please consult a library staff member before you submit a payment.

    Online

    Santa Monica Public Library offers a secure online payment service (“SmartPAY”) that allows you to view the outstanding charges on your library account and make real-time payments using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover) or debit card with a Visa or MasterCard logo. You will need your library card number and PIN to connect to the SmartPAY service. Once logged in, you will have the ability to pay off all outstanding charges or select specific charges to pay. Completed transactions will post to your credit card statement with the description “Cityofsm Libr Smartp.”

    In Person

    Payments for fines and fees can be made at any of the five locations during open library hours. Acceptable forms of payment include: cash, check, U.S. Postal money order, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover), or debit card with a Visa or MasterCard logo.

    By Mail

    A check or U.S. Postal money order made payable to Santa Monica Public Library can be mailed to:

    Santa Monica Public Library
    ATTN: Circulation Supervisor
    601 Santa Monica Blvd
    Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Please write your library account number in the memo section of the check or money order.

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