The library makes the final decision about whether a book is repairable or not. If so, we will do the repairing and you'll be charged a $3.50 fee. If the item is considered unrepairable then you will be charged the replacement cost.
If you fail to return material(s) you will be charged a lost fee equaling the current replacement cost of the item(s). If the replacement cost cannot be determined the following fee schedule will be applied.
Maine Criminal Law states that unlawful retention of library materials is theft. If items are not returned, you will be billed for their replacement cost as well as accrued fines. You won’t be able to borrow anything else until late materials are returned or paid for. Once billed items are returned, you will owe the Library only overdue fines. If you do not return or pay for items borrowed, the matter will be treated as theft and referred to local authorities. Note: Some libraries also use a debt collection agency recover the cost of materials that are not returned.
Other libraries have their own billing procedures for lost or damaged materials and expect us to collect the fee from you. Be aware that many libraries charge a flat fee for lost materials that may be as much as $75 dollars per item. Lost materials borrowed from a university or college library frequently incur a high replacement fee.