The Library charges customers for lost and damaged materials to encourage
responsible use of the Library collection and to defray the cost or purchasing
and processing replacement materials.
- Replacement price
The Monterey Public Library charges the customer the actual purchase
price plus a cataloging/processing charge for most unreturned items. The
second notice to the customer reflects this charge. If the customer returns
the item, only the fine is charged. If an item is not returned, payment of
the charge is required.
- Cataloging/Processing Charge
To cover the cost of cataloging and processing title or subject
replacements for lost materials, the library charges a fee of $10.00 in
addition to the replacement price for each lost item.
The Library charges the customer a fixed
replacement/cataloging/processing charge for unreturned magazines,
paperbacks, and pamphlets. The second notice to the customer reflects this
charge. If the customer returns the item, only the fine is charged. If an
item is not returned, payment of the charge is required.
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No additional cataloging/processing fee is charged for these items.
- Late Fines Assessed for Lost Items
A customer paying for a lost item is charged the replacement cost and
any applicable cataloging/processing fee, but not the late fine accrued
since the latest checkout/renewal.
When a lost item that has been paid for is returned within ninety days
from the date of payment, the replacement price only will be refunded. The
returned item must be in acceptable condition, and the receipt for payment
must be provided. The cataloging/processing fee is non-refundable. No
refunds are given for materials returned to the Library more than ninety
days past the date of payment or for the return of magazines, paperbacks, or
pamphlets that have been paid for.
- Customer Replacement of the Item in Lieu of Replacement Charge
A customer who wants to replace an item him or herself rather than
paying the replacement charge must have advance approval by the selector or
Collection Development Coordinator. The customer must still pay the
cataloging/processing charge. A customer who has arranged with the Library
to replace a magazine, paperback, or pamphlets rather than paying the
replacement charge may do so without any additional fee.
- Replacement Charge
If a borrower returns an item that has been damaged, the customer is charged
as if the item were lost, as stated above.
If, however, the selector for the item determines that the item can still be
circulated, a charge equal to the maximum fine for that item is charged.
- Late Fines Assessed for Damaged Items
A customer paying for a damaged item, which can no longer be circulated, is
charged the replacement cost and any applicable service costs, but not the late
fine accrued since the latest checkout/renewal.
Discretion Of Library Director In Handling Lost And Damaged Materials
The Library Director maintains the authority to modify the application of the
terms of this policy as appropriate, based on the specific circumstances of an
incident, and recommendations by staff.