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Fines are punitive. Fees are for library services and products such as library cards, copies, faxes, materials replacement costs, etc.
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Library staff is busy clearing all patron accounts of fines associated with materials checked out at HPL. Fines charged by other Monarch member libraries will remain on your account.
While fines materials have been waived, lost or damaged items, and ancillary charges such as copies, faxes, and notice fees, will remain on the account.
Whether or not fines are charged is determined by the lending library policies. Any Monarch member material checked out at HPL will be Fine-Free and can be returned to any Monarch library for check-in. Likewise, any HPL item checking out at another member’s location will follow their lending policies.
However, there is a wrinkle with renewals. If you check out at HPL but renew at another member library, the original checkout policies are nullified, and the renewing library’s policies take over. To avoid this situation, we recommend you renew at HPL or another Monarch member library with the same fines policy.
"No fines" does not mean "no responsibility." Our overdue notice procedure will not change. Materials not returned 28 days (4 weeks) after the due date are assumed lost and will be billed to the account for the replacement cost and processing costs.
We anticipated fines to generate 2% of our overall 2020 budget. Like you during this time of COVID-19 crisis, the library will tighten its belt while still providing current materials and excellent service.
Yes! The friendly staff at the circulation desk will gladly take your donation. Donations can always be made directly to the library or the Friends of Horicon Library. Your donation will support critical library programs, services, and materials.