The primary rationale for
charging fines on overdue materials is to provide an incentive for
patrons to return materials. In theory, fines result in materials being
returned to the library in a more timely manner. These procedures are
set up to stress getting the materials back.
Effective December 5, 2012 the MCPL Overdue policy
Our Library is a taxpayer supported institution; therefore materials
belong to our community. It is the responsibility of the Library's Board
of Trustees and Administration to be good stewards of the funds with
which they have been entrusted. Library materials are loaned to
cardholders in good faith that those items will be returned when due. If
Library materials are overdue, patrons will be contacted periodically by
the Library asking that the materials be returned. Items not returned by
eight weeks from due date are considered "theft by failure to make
required disposition" and the Library will submit the patron's name,
address and information on the overdue items to the Mercer County
Attorney for further action.
Any materials returned in the book drop or by any person
other than the one who checked them out will be automatically
recorded on the patron's account.
The following fines are established:
Books on a
reserve list (two week circulation; non-renewable) fine
is 25¢ per day per book, with no maximum fine.
Loan overdue fines are 25¢ per day per book, with no
magazines, audios, videos and music not on reserve (two
week circulation; renewable) fine is 5¢ per day per
item, with a maximum fine of $2.00 per item.
DVD and BluRay (seven day
(7) circulation) fine is $1.00 per day per item, with a
maximum fine of $5.00 per item.
There is an OVERALL maximum fine of
$10.00. This EXCLUDES Interlibrary Loans and Reserve
materials which are lost, the patron will be charged the
replacement cost of the item.
The following procedures for collecting overdue materials have
Patron will be
stopped on the computer when any material becomes
overdue. Items (including DVDs) may be renewed if both renewals have not
been used, if item has not been transfered to lost and item is not on hold for another patron.
Notices will be
sent when materials are 2 weeks overdue.
replacement cost of materials will be sent 2 weeks after
Information given to County
Attorney for further action after materials are 8 weeks