Lost/Damaged Materials

This information is condensed from the Library Materials Lending policy. You can read the full policy here.

Lost Materials

Any item 60+ days overdue is considered lost, and the borrower (or minor borrower’s legal guardian) is responsible for paying for the library-determined cost of the item plus a $5 processing fee. If an item is considered lost, you do not pay late fees on that item.

If you know you’ve lost an item, you can pay for it at any time. When you pay for a lost item, we will give you a receipt for the cost of the item. Save this receipt! If you find the item within 180 days (6 months) of payment, we can refund the cost of the item, if you bring the item and receipt to the library. The processing fee cannot be refunded. You may also have to pay any late fees that the item accrued while you had it.

Damaged Materials

Materials returned damaged beyond normal wear and tear will be assessed for damage charges. If the damage makes the item unusable, you may have to pay the full cost of the item.

If materials are returned missing parts, like cases or discs, we’ll try to contact you and ask you to bring in the missing part. If the part is not returned, we’ll assess whether the material can be used without the missing part. If it can, you’ll be charged a portion of the cost of the item. If the material cannot be used, you’ll have to pay the full cost of the item plus any processing fee.

If materials are lost or damaged due to extraordinary circumstances such as fire, tornado, flooding, or theft, please let the library know immediately. We may be able to waive any fines/fees/charges if we have the right information.

Processing fee?

It costs money, both in materials and staff time, to put books, dvds, cds, etc., into the library. We charge a processing fee to help defray the costs of adding replacement materials.

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