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Lending Practices


Overdue, Lost, and Damaged Materials

Materials borrowed via any method are the responsibility of the library patron. The Chatham Area Public Library has established fines for overdue materials which are the responsibility of the borrowing patron or parent in the case of children under the age of 18.   Replacement cost (not original purchase price) is the responsibility of the library patron who borrows and loses or damages any library material.  In the case of children under the age of 18, it is the parents’ responsibility to pay for lost or damaged items.

Overdue Materials

An overdue fine of $.10 per day will be charged for each adult item, up to a maximum of $3.00 per item. An overdue fine of $.05 per day will be charged for each juvenile, young adult item, and magazine, up to a maximum of $1.00 per item. A patron is considered delinquent when the fine total reaches $5.00 and may no longer check out materials until the fine is reduced.  

Fines on overdue books shall not exceed the replacement price of the item.

Use of the book drop for overdue books does not eliminate the patron's fine.

The Library Staff will attempt to contact the patron with overdue materials every two weeks of the first six weeks that the material is overdue.  Payment is expected if the materials are not returned.

Lost and Damaged Materials

If an item is lost, the borrower is liable for replacement cost of the item. 

If an item is damaged, a charge will be assessed based on the cost of repair.  If the item is damaged beyond reasonable repair, full replacement price will be charged.