Overdue, Damaged & Lost Materials

Returning Materials

Please use the book returns

  • Book returns are located in the library’s lobby
  • A 24-hour drive up book drop is available at the north end of the building

You are responsible for all items until they are checked in.

Overdue Materials

Borrowers are responsible for returning materials by the due date. Check out the table of Material Loan Periods & Fees for more information on overdue fees.

  • Overdue fees are charged for each day the library is open
  • The card holder will be responsible for all fees on items checked out on the card

Customers cannot borrow any library materials or use the library’s computers if their fees exceed $10.00, or if materials are more than 4 weeks overdue.

Please note that the library cannot guarantee the privacy of library records when attempting to collect overdue materials.

Overdue Notice Mailing Schedule:

• Two weeks after due date – Reminder
• Four weeks overdue –Replacement cost plus $5.00 processing fee charged per item
• Six weeks overdue – Pre-collection notice
• Eight weeks overdue – Referral to collection agency plus $15.00 fee

According to sections 808.12 and 714.5 of the Iowa Code, concealment of library materials or failure to return library materials constitutes theft.

Lost Materials

Each person is responsible for lost materials checked out on his/her card. Refunds for the cost of the item, less the overdue fees and processing charge, are made when lost materials that have been paid for are returned to the Library – in good condition – within seven months of the due date.

Damaged Materials

Each person is responsible for repair, replacement and/or the processing fee on materials damaged while checked out on their card.  Please report any problems to library staff.  Please do not attempt to repair materials at home. Special supplies are required for mending library materials.