Washington-Centerville Public Library provides materials that can be checked out free of charge with a valid library card. Effective May 2, 2022, overdue fines will not be charged for most items returned to the library.
- Why are overdue fines being eliminated for most items?
- Recent studies show that overdue fines are a barrier to many in accessing the information the library provides, and that eliminating overdue fines actually increases the rate of return on borrowed materials.
- Are all library materials fine free?
- Some types of materials are still subject to overdue fines, if returned late. See the fines chart below for which items still accrue overdue fines if returned late.
- Won’t eliminating overdue fines impact the library’s revenue?
- Contrary to popular belief money collected from overdue fines is actually a small portion of overall revenue. In 2021, $31,165 was collected in overdue fines, which was less than 0.4% of total revenues.
- Do I have to pay the overdue fines I already owe?
- As part of this new program, most previously accrued overdue fines will be waived. Overdue fines for Express books and movies, maker kits, hotspots, and items borrowed through SearchOhio or OhioLink will remain. Fees for previously billed items will also remain.
- Won’t people keep materials indefinitely?
- Since we do want our materials to be returned for others to enjoy, items that are not returned within 21 days of the due date will be billed.
||3 days prior to due date*
|1st Overdue Notice
||7 days overdue
|2nd Overdue Notice
||14 days overdue
||21 days overdue
|Account sent to collections
||At 60 days overdue and at $35 or more
|Ability to return item
||Up to 120 days overdue
* Courtesy notices are not sent on Express items.