Beginning September 2019

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What does “fine free” mean?

Fines are charged for materials returned past their due date. Fine free will eliminate fees charged for returning materials to the library after their due date.

Do I still need to return my library books?

Yes! Items that are kept 28 days past their due date are considered lost, and the replacement value is charged to your account.

Doesn’t the library need the overdue fine money to operate the library?

Overdue fines make up a very small part of the library budget, about 2%. Most of our funds come from  city taxes with supplemental funds coming from donations, and The Friends of the LIbrary. All donations made to The Friends of the LIbrary are greatly appreciated.

Will I get charged an overdue fine for a book I pick up that is not owned by Clintonville Library?

On a juvenile card you registered for at the Clintonville Library, no. Juvenile books not owned by our library on an adult card, yes.

Can I check out materials if there are other fees/charges on my card?

If your fees/charges exceed $5, your account will be blocked and you will not be able to check out material. Replacement costs, collections fees, overdues from movies and video games, etc.still apply.

My teen reads adult fiction. Will he/she incur overdue fines?

No. Items checked out by your child on their juvenile card will not have overdue fines.