Materials Recovery Program
Beginning February 1, 2019, the County of San Luis Obispo Public Library is eliminating overdue fines for materials returned after the due date. With this new policy, the Library expects to eliminate barriers to access allowing more of our community to fully utilize all of services the Library has to offer. Over 2.8 million items are borrowed each year from the Library and most are returned by the due date.
Overdue Material Policy
The Library encourages library patrons to return items on time so that others may use them. Under this new policy, items can be checked out for their standard loan period and, if eligible, renewed up to five times. To ensure that materials are returned in a timely manner, the Library has established a Materials Recovery Program.
As a courtesy, the Library will email or text a reminder 2 days before the due date.
What happens when your items are:
3 Days Past Due - The Library sends you a courtesy reminder.
10 Days Past Due - The Library sends you a second courtesy reminder.
24 Days Past Due - The Library sends you a third courtesy reminder “FINAL NOTICE.”
42 Days Past Due - The Library sends a replacement bill. If you return the item in good condition, the replacement fee will be waived.
63 Days Past Due - The Library forwards your account to a collection agency. A non-refundable $10 service charge is added to your account.
The collection agency will contact you regarding return of materials and/orpayment.