Fines & Fees

Returning library items past their due date will result in overdue fees; lost or damaged items are subject to replacement fees. The maximum fine per item is $10.00 or the price of the item, whichever is less. The Library reserves the right to recover any charges incurred for the procurement of materials from other sources. 

Item Type
Overdue Fees
Damaged Fees
Replacement Fees  

 
 Print Material

 $0.25 / day

Protectors/Labels/...:  $1

 Cost of the item as listed in the library's catalogue. 
 Audio Visual Material  $0.25 / day  Audio Book Case:     $10
Audio CD Page:      $1.50
CD/DVD Case:            $3
DVD Insert:                 $5
 Cost of the item as listed in the library's catalogue. 

 Literacy and Sensory Backpacks

 $1 / day

Costs listed inside backpacks

 Cost of the item as listed in the library's catalogue. 

 Bibliotherapy Kits

 $1 / day

Costs listed inside backpacks

 Cost of the item as listed in the library's catalogue. 
 Doll Kits  $1 / day
 Costs listed inside kits
 Cost of the item as listed in the library's catalogue. 

 Video Games

 $1 / day

Video Game Case:     $3

 Cost of the item as listed in the library's catalogue. 
 Projector   $10 / day  Cost of the item as listed in the library's catalogue
 Cost of the item as listed in the library's catalogue

 Holds Non Pick-up

 $2 / item

 

 
 Kit bags    $2 each  

 RFID Security Tags

 

 $2 each

 


Library Notifications

Almost Over Notice – As a courtesy, you will receive an almost overdue notice 2 days before your item is due.  These automated messages are sent via email or text only. Failure to receive this notification is not grounds for waiving an incurred fee.

First Overdue Notice - Items 1 week past due will receive a first overdue notice. These automated messages are sent via phone, email, or text.

Second Overdue Notice – Items 3 weeks past due will receive a second overdue notice. These automated messages are sent via phone, email, or text.

Billing Notice – Items 6 weeks past due will be considered lost and automatically billed to your account. These automatic messages are sent via phone, email, or text.

Fine Notice – If your account balance is $10.00 or more, you will receive a fine notice and your account will become blocked. These automated messages are sent via mail, email, or text.



Billing Process

Account information may be disclosed to parents/guardians if a minors’ account is in arrears.

Stage 1

Invoice Letter – An invoice with the replacement cost will be sent for items still not returned 30 days after a billing notice or for accounts with a balance of $20.00 or more. Items returned will be fined applicable overdue fees. These letters are sent by mail or email by a library staff member.

Stage 2

Final Notice – A final notice will be sent for items not returned 60 days after a billing notice or for accounts with a balance of $20.00 or more. Items returned within a reasonable amount of time following the final notice will be fined the maximum overdue fee of $10.00 or the cost of the item; whichever is less. These letters are sent by mail or email by a library staff member.

Stage 3

Collection Agency – Accounts in arrears for more than 60 days with a balance of $20.00 may be sent to the library’s preferred collection agency. The library can no longer negotiate the account.

Previously paid replacement costs for lost items will not be refunded if the item is returned. Once an item has been paid for, it is no longer considered property of SGPL.