Brownstown Public Library now fine-free

Staff Reports

Fines for overdue materials are no longer being issued by the Brownstown Public Library.

Anyone with overdue fines accrued before the library went fine-free is no longer required to pay these fines.

Those people, however, are still responsible for the items and are encouraged to return them in a timely manner. Due dates still apply. The library will still send courtesy reminders to return the items, but a daily late fine on overdue materials will no longer be accrued.

Past replacement fees for lost or damaged items, replacement library cards and collection agency fees will still apply.

Materials obtained from other Evergreen Indiana libraries, Statewide Remote Circulation Service or through Interlibrary Loan will still be subject to overdue charges set by the lending library.

Materials that are 28 days overdue from the original due date are automatically marked lost, and the library patron will be billed for the replacement cost and processing fee of $10 per lost item. The borrower’s account will then be referred to the Unique Management Services collection agency and blocked. A nonrefundable collection fee of $10 will be charged to the person’s library account.

Overdue materials returned before six months from the original due date will have fines forgiven with the exception of the $10 collection fee. Materials will not be accepted back after the six-month period.

The library also has a new adult clean slate option. If you had fines as a minor, once you turn 18, you are now eligible for a new library card that is fine-free. All previous fines for lost or damaged materials will be transferred to the responsible parent or guardian’s account.

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The Brownstown Public Library is at 120 E. Spring St., Brownstown.

For information, call 812-358-2853 or visit brownstown.lib.in.us or facebook.com/Brownstown-Public-Library-292181617933860.

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