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FAQs: Fines

Is it okay if I return an item a few days late?

If you know you will be late returning an item, try to renew it online. You can also call your local library and let a librarian know – they will be happy to work with you to find a solution!

More information about checkout periods is available here.

What happens if I return materials late?

We do not charge late fees for most overdue items*, but your account will be blocked and we will ask you to pay a replacement price of an item if it is lost (more than 70 days overdue). Once you have returned or paid for the item, a librarian can manually lift the restriction from your account.

Fines for lost or damaged material can be paid by cash or check at any of our libraries. More information is available here.

*Depending on the policy of the lending library, items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan may have late fees.

How can I pay for lost or damaged items?

Fines for lost or damaged material can be paid for from your online account or with cash or check at any of our libraries. Unfortunately, credit and debit cards are not accepted in-person at any of our libraries at this time.

Why are items I returned by mail still checked out to me?

It can take up to two weeks for items to arrive by mail and be checked in by our Mail Order Library. We do not charge late fines, so there is no penalty for having items slightly overdue on your account. As soon as the items are checked in, the items are removed from your account. For questions or concerns, please contact us.

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