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Schedule of Fines and Fees

Schedule of Fines, Fees and Charges on Overdue, Lost or Damaged Materials

Overdue Fines*

Adult & Young Adult Books* & CD's: Daily fine per item is 25 cents; Maximum fine per item is $10;

Children's Books*: Daily fine per item is 15 cents; Maximum fine per item is $10;

Videos, DVDs & CD-ROMs: Daily fine per item is $1; Maximum fine per item is $20;

Magazines: Daily fine per item is 25 cents; Maximum fine per item is $5.

All due dates for materials checked out of the library are provided on a printed slip at the time of checkout. Patrons may also check their online record or call the library at any time to verify due dates. Failure to receive courtesy or overdue notices does not relieve you of your obligation to pay any accrued fines.

*Materials owned by other libraries may have different fine policies. Most books, magazines, audiobooks and CDs may be renewed twice. Items reserved by another patron and movies may not be renewed.

Collection Costs

Notice:

When an item carries a fine of less than $1 per day a notice is sent to the patron when the item is approximately 3 weeks past due. When an item carries a fine of $1 per day or more a notice is sent to the patron when the item is approximately 1 week past due.

Billing and Referral to Collection Agency:

Approximately 6 weeks after an item is past due, the Library will bill the patron for the replacement cost of the item, and a non-refundable processing fee of $10. If the amount owed by the patron exceeds $100, the Library will refer the account to a collection agency and the patron will be responsible for all charges connected with collection.

Calculation of Replacement Cost of Lost or Damaged Materials

Lost Items:

1. The Library will charge the patron a non-refundable $10 processing fee.

2. The patron will be responsible for the replacement cost of all lost items.

3.The patron will be responsible for the replacement cost of all lost items. The patron may provide an exact copy of the item-in new condition-as a replacement for a West Orange lost or damaged item.

If the item is no longer available, the Library will charge as its replacement cost the default amount determined by the BCCLS Policies and Procedures Committee.

Material Type Replacement Cost
Audiobook $65
Board Books $10
DVD $25
Early Reader $20
Graphic Novel $25
Hardcover $30
Juvenile Hardcover $20
Juvenile Paperback $7
Kit $25
Large Print $35
Miscellaneous Media $25
Miscellaneous Print $30
Music* $20
Paperback $10
Periodical $5
Picture Book $20
Playaway $50
Read-a-long $20
Realia $30
Reference $60
Software* $50
Spoken Word $10
Trade Paperback $20

 

4. The replacement cost of a lost issue of a magazine is the current charge for an issue of the magazine.

5. If a patron pays for a lost item and subsequently finds it, the Library will issue a refund only if the patron returns the item to the Library within 1 month of the date when the item was billed.

Damaged Items:

The Library will charge the patron the replacement cost, as defined above, of any item which the Library, in its sole discretion, determines has been damaged.

Special Policy on Rental Books, DVDs and Videotapes

Books in the rental collection may be taken out at a charge of 25 cents a day. Movies in the rental collection may be taken out at a charge of $1 a day.

The Library will send patrons borrowing items from the Library’s rental collections notices and bills in accordance with the procedures set forth above.

Suspension of Borrowing Privileges

In addition to the fees and charges set forth above, the Library will suspend the borrowing privileges of any patron who owes the Library more than $10 dollars in fees, fines, and other charges.  The Library will also suspend a patron’s reciprocal borrowing (ReBL) privileges at the same time. The Library will restore borrowing privileges only after the patron has settled the account in full.  In the event a check presented for payment is returned, a returned check fee of $20 will be added to the patron account, and borrowing privileges suspended until payment is made in full.

Interlibrary Loans and Reciprocal Borrowing

A patron borrowing an item from another library by way of interlibrary loan will be responsible for the fees, fines, and charges set forth above as well as any fees, fines, and charges assessed by the originating library.

A patron borrowing an item from the Library through the REBL program will be responsible for the fees, fines, and charges set forth above. In addition, the Library will send a bill for all lost items to the patron’s home library.

Schedule of Miscellaneous Fees and Charges

Replacement Library Cards

There is a $3.00 charge for a replacement library card.

Nonresident Membership

The fee for a nonresident membership is $100 a year. A nonresident membership card is an individual card, not a family membership.

Additionally, a three-month nonresident membership card may be purchased for $30. Reciprocal borrowing privileges are not available with a three-month card.

Meeting Room

Persons seeking to use the meeting room must complete an application, meet eligibility requirements, receive approval and make a security deposit of $100. See Meeting Room Policy for full details.

Photocopying and Printing

Self-service printing and photocopying are available. There is a fee of 15 cents /page for b&w photocopies or b&w computer printouts; there is a fee of $1/page for color photocopies or color computer printouts; there is a fee of 10 cents /page for microform copies; there is a fee of $15 for flash drives.

The Library will not accept personal checks for amounts under $10.

Adopted by West Orange Public Library Board of Trustees, March 25, 2002 Revised December 2003 Modified September 2004;Modified September 2004 and September 2006, May 2007, & April 2010; Revised April 28, 2011 (effective date June 1, 2011), Revised April 2012; Revised February 2014; Revise May 2015