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Damage to Library Materials

To extend the life of library materials, patrons are expected to treat all library materials with care and to return materials in the same condition as when checked out. Library patrons returning a damaged item, or who damage a non-circulating item, will be assessed at the replacement cost plus a $20 processing fee. Library staff will determine whether the item has been damaged beyond normal wear.  Patrons who continually misuse Library materials, including circulating and non-circulating items, may have their borrowing privileges revoked.
Examples of billable damage include:

  • Missing pages, discs, or accompanying materials
  • Using materials as furniture props, wedges, or coasters
  • Broken spine
  • Water/liquid damage
  • Pen, pencil, or highlighter markings
  • Leaving post-its, sticky notes, paper clips, etc. in books
  • Torn or missing covers
  • Scratched discs
  • Mold