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A Word on Overdues

The Library has over 500,000 books, videos, and other materials available for borrowing by people with valid library cards without charge. You can get a free library card if you live, work, or go to school in Monroe County. When you borrow library materials, you are responsible for their prompt return.

Most library materials are due three weeks from the day they are checked out. Because of the size of the collection and the high demand for popular titles, videos and dvds are due in seven days.

Items borrowed from any location in the Monroe County Library System can be returned on or before the date due at any Monroe County Library branch. They do not need to be returned at the branch where they were checked out.

For your added convenience, book drops are available at most branch locations. If you leave materials in a book drop when the library is closed, it is considered returned when the library is open and the book drop is emptied. To protect them from damage, please do not return videos, dvds or audio books in book drops.

Most items can be renewed twice. The exception is that items which other patrons have requested cannot be renewed. If an item cannot be renewed, we will be happy to take your request for it and lend it to you as soon as it is available again. Items may be renewed at any branch, over the phone, or by using the online library catalog.

Fines for most materials are 10 cents a day, charged for each day after they are due.

Fines on videos and dvds are $1.00 per day. There is no grace period for videos or dvds.

Fines are charged for overdue items in an effort to encourage their prompt return. Fines will be waived for materials which are returned in a one week grace period following the due date. Once the grace period has expired, the fine is calculated from the original due date.

A Fine Thing To Do. MCLS a Fine Friendly Library!
You can return overdue materials and pay only $1 any day of the week our branches are open. Proceeds, up to one thousand dollars, will go to a different charity each month.

When fines exceed certain limits, no further materials will be loaned until all overdue materials are returned and all outstanding fines and charges have been settled.

If materials are damaged beyond repair or lost, a replacement charge will be assessed.

The library mails one notice of overdue materials requesting their return. This may be followed by a billing notice if materials are still not returned.

Since you are responsible for all items borrowed using your library card, we urge you to promptly report lost or stolen cards and we urge you not to lend your card to others to use.

If economic hardship or special circumstances make it difficult or impossible for you to pay a fine, please return your materials and contact our Circulation Coordinator at 734-241-5277 or 800-462-2050. Or you may send email to:
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Overdue fines are not a major source of library revenue. They generate about a one and a half percent of library revenue.

We would prefer to never charge you a fine for overdue materials. You can avoid fines completely by returning materials on time and by renewing items that you need to use longer.

You'll benefit from this along with all other library users by improved availability of materials when you need them and shorter waits for high demand items.

Thanks for your help.

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