Upon recommendation by the finance committee, the East Central Regional Library Board approved an increase in overdue fines at their November 11 board meeting. Fines for all overdue items will increase from the current .10 per day to .20 per day per item beginning Monday, January 9, 2012. The overdue rate has not been increased since East Central Regional Library automated back in 1996. The new fine structure is similar to that of other Minnesota library systems.
Since we have a limited materials budget, it is important for individuals to return their items on time, so others may check the item out. When items are kept past their due date, it prohibits others from being able to use that item. We hope that individuals will return the items they have checked out on time and thus, avoid any fines. Most items can be renewed online, by phone, or in person at any ECRL branch. You cannot renew an item for which someone else has placed a hold request. Fines will accrue to a maximum of $6.00 per item for juveniles, teens and adults. Remember that fines will increase on any items checked out beginning Monday, January 9, 2012.
Vickie Sorn, Youth & Community Services Librarian