For the first five years of service as a combined school and public library, the library has been very lenient and offered a "Conscience Box" for freewill of fines. There has been a problem that the library has noticed lately. Many DVDs and videos have been coming back damaged or not coming back at all.
"It is time for us to call public attention to this matter," said Sue Pedersen, librarian.
DVDs and videos can be checked out for four days. A sign is now posted at the library that a fine of $1 for every day after four days will be charged. Reminders are also being placed on the DVDs and videos for the library patron of these items to see in hopes of getting them back to the library on time.
If there is an overdue amount or damage, the following, more serious fines, will exist:
* Excessive tardiness will result in a cap of $35 for the video in question
* The patron will have to replace the lost/damaged video with a new, wrapped product.
* Police intervention will help return the lost/damaged DVDs and videos.
The patron's circulation record will be looked at when they check out a video/DVD. If they have overdue video materials, they will not be allowed to check out anymore. Just as a note: if a video or DVD is not damaged, a new item does not have to be offered. Lost items may be returned when they locate them.
"Thank you for your attention in these new rules," said Pedersen. "you will find that four days is sufficient for anyone to check out viewing materials for information and entertainment."
Patrons may stop in or call in to make renewals.
"We have an exceptional assortment of videos and they will be able to be shared more fairly if the public takes notice" of these new guidelines.