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Life Happens. Fines don’t have to.

Life happens and sometimes books can be a little late and that’s okay! The Richton Park Library District is happy to announce that we no longer charge overdue fines for late materials (you will still be billed for the item if it is never returned).

Been avoiding us over that late book you returned in 2019? We’ve got you covered. We don’t want past overdue fines to be a barrier to using the library so all unpaid Richton Park Library overdue fines have been forgiven. Come and visit the library and explore all the wonderful resources your community library offers.

If you’ve lost your card, you may be eligible for a FREE Replacement Card in September. Visit our Circulation Desk to get started!

Read More below for our FAQ:

Q. What happens if I am late returning an item?
A. If you have items on your account that are more than 14 days overdue, you will be blocked from using your library card until the items are returned.

Q. How long can I keep an item before I will be billed for the item?
A. After the due date, you will have 42 days to return the item before you will be billed a replacement fee.

Q. Do I still have to pay the overdue fines already on my library card?
A. You are still responsible for non-Richton Park overdue fines. If you had a Richton Park Library overdue fine, it has been forgiven and has been removed from your account. You are still responsible for any lost, billed, or damaged fees.

Q. Will I be charged overdue fines on items owned by other libraries?
A. If you physically go to a library that is not fines free, you are responsible for any overdue fines charged. Items from another library that are checked out at the Richton Park Library will be fines free (Interlibrary Loan).

Q. I’ve been billed for an item I checked out before you went Fines Free, will I still get a fine?
A. Nope! You will not be charged an overdue fine if you returned billed materials. Items billed for a long time may not be accepted, please contact our Circulation Desk with any questions.

Q. What about damaged items?
A. You will be charged a flat rate damage fee when you return damaged materials. No overdue fines will be charged for returned damaged items.

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