Fine Free

 

As of March 1, 2021, there will be no overdue fines for anything you check out at Crete Public Library.

All past overdue fines on your account – for items checked out at Crete Public Library – have been cleared as of March 2. This does not apply to charges for lost or damaged items nor to overdue fines assessed by other libraries.

We still want you to return your items when you’re done, so be sure to bring them all back before they are 21 days overdue.* If an item borrowed from our library does reach the 21 days overdue limit, your account will be temporarily blocked until you return it. Once an overdue item is returned, your account will be reinstated and no overdue fines will be applied!

*Automatic renewals and renewal limits still apply.


FINE FREE POLICY DETAILS

  • Any patron who checks out items at Crete Public Library will no longer accrue overdue fines.
  • All previous overdue fines for items checked out at Crete Public Library will be removed from all patron accounts, excluding bills for lost or damaged items.
  • Your library account will be blocked when any item checked out at Crete Public Library is more than 21 days overdue. This applies to all patrons who check out items here, including cardholders from other libraries.

    • You will receive an overdue notice at 7 days and 21 days overdue.
    • You will be billed for “lost” items at 42 days overdue. This has not changed.
    • Accounts will go to collections at 60 days overdue. This has not changed.
    • Once overdue items are returned, your account will be automatically unblocked.
  • You remain responsible for any existing bills for lost or damaged items.
  • You remain responsible for any existing collection agency fees.
  • Automatic renewals and renewal/non-renewal limits will remain the same.
  • Crete Public Library patrons will still be subject to overdue fines at other libraries.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Why are you eliminating overdue fines?
    The Board of Trustees wants to make the library experience more positive and to encourage more Crete residents to use their library for books, movies, programs, and information. Going fine free eliminates a common barrier to library services.
  • What about old overdue fines?
    All past overdue fines for items checked out at Crete Public Library have been cleared as of March 2, 2021.
  • Does this mean I can keep my checkouts indefinitely?
    No. Items still have specific check out periods. Renewable materials may be renewed up to 2 times, unless someone has placed a hold to request them. Items will still be overdue if not returned on or before their due date.
  • What happens if I have overdue items?
    Once you have an item that is over 21 days overdue, your card will be blocked. Your card will be unblocked when the item is returned.
  • What happens if I lose an item?
    Your account will be billed for any lost items. If you return an item that you have been billed for, the bill will be removed from your account. If you are unable to return the item, the bill will remain on your account. Your account may be sent to collections if the bill remains unpaid. The collection agency charges a $10 collection fee which is added to your account and cannot be waived.
  • Will I still have fines if I check out items at other libraries?
    Yes, if other libraries do not offer fine free service, you will accrue fines for overdue items checked out at those libraries.
  • What about the money the library loses if overdue fines are no longer assessed?
    Fine revenue has not been a significant source of library funding. Nearly all of our revenue comes from property taxes. The revenue generated from fines was a very small part of the library’s budget.
  • Will my taxes go up?
    Your taxes will not increase because the library has eliminated overdue fines.