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Borrowing Limits

Adults and Teens (12 years old and up)
You may borrow up to 50 items. Once this limit of 50 is reached, no further items may be borrowed until some or all of these items are returned. In addition, the following limits on material types apply:

Material Type
Limit
Books
40
DVDs
10
CDs (Children's)
10
Audiocassettes/CDs (Adult)
10

Children (under 12 years old)
You may borrow up to 20 items. Once this limit of 20 is reached, no further items may be borrowed until some or all of these items are returned. In addition, children may not borrow material if they have an overdue item until that overdue item is returned.

Material Type
Limit
Books
20
DVDs
10
CDs (Children's)
10
Fines

Adults and Teens (12 years old and up)

Hardback Books
$0.25/day
$10.00 maximum fine
Trade Paperback Books
$0.25/day
$10.00 maximum fine
Paperback Books
$0.25/day
$ 5.00 maximum fine
Books on Cassette
$0.25/day
$10.00 maximum fine
Compact Discs
$0.25/day
$10.00 maximum fine
Pamphlets and Periodicals
$0.25/day
$ 5.00 maximum fine
DVDs
$0.25/day
$10.00 maximum fine

Children (under 12 years old)
Fines are not charged for late children’s materials checked out on a children’s card. Children with an open-access card will be charged the rates listed in the Fines section for Adults and Teens (12 years old and up) for adult and teen materials returned late. In addition, children will not be able to check out more material until their overdue items are returned.

 

Lost or Destroyed Materials
The cost for lost or destroyed materials is the replacement cost of the item, as listed in the catalog. If the cost is not listed in the catalog, charges will be assessed as follows:

Rates for Adult / Teen / Children’s Materials:
Hardback Books
$20.00
Trade Paperback Books
$10.00
Mass Market Paperback Books
$ 5.00
Books on Cassette
$10.00/cassette (up to 3 cassettes)
Compact Discs
$10.00/disc (up to 3 discs)
Pamphlets and Periodicals
$ 5.00
DVDs and VHS Videos
$20.00
Other Damages:
Defaced Material
$ 2.00
Rebinding
$ 2.00
Plastic Covers for Books
$ 2.00
Plastic Boxes
$ 2.00
DVD Plastic Covers/Security Cases
$ 2.00