How much are fines for overdue items or lost/damaged items?

How much are fines for overdue items or lost/damaged items?

Fines
As of April 2021, the Ferndale Area District Library no longer charges overdue fines on its materials.

Prompt return by patrons is still expected and items reaching lost status (21 days overdue) will block a library account till the items are returned.

If an item is 42 days overdue, the library account will be sent to our collection agency, Unique Management Services, and a $10.00 referral fee will be assessed. If the item is returned, the referral fee must still be paid to unblock the patron account.

Patrons with overdue materials they cannot locate are encouraged to speak with Circulation Staff to explore options.

Lost or Damaged Items

Lost or damaged materials – $20.00 if replacement cost cannot be determined ($30.00 for MeLCat books)

The Library will accept an exact replacement copy in like-new condition of a lost or damaged item in lieu of a replacement fee. However, a $3.00 processing fee will be charged. If a patron wishes to purchase a replacement copy, they should speak to a Circulation staff member who can provide them with the information about the item and make a note in their record.