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Fines

If an item you have checked out is not returned or renewed by midnight three days after its due date, you will begin to accrue fines. If your fines exceed $10, your card will be blocked and you will not be able use it.

NEW! Items shelved in the Children's and Teen areas will not accrue overdue fines. Lost and damage fees do apply.

List of Fines:

$.10 per day, per item (limit $2 per item):
  • Books
  • Audiobooks
  • DVDs
  • Games
  • Magazines
  • Music CDs
$1 per day (limit $20 per item)

$5 per hour (limit $25 per item)

Lost Items

If you've lost an item, follow these steps

  • Do NOT purchase a replacement book, we do not accept them in lieu of payment. Most books we receive are pre-processed for the library with covers, labels, cataloging and any other processing completed. Books provided by patrons would not have this work done and would incur additional time and expense.
  • Call the library at (719) 531-6333 to let us know the item has been lost. We will let you know the cost of the item and the bill will appear in your account.
  • You can pay online with a credit card or in person at the library.

Things to know

  • Items that are 21 days overdue are automatically billed to your account as lost materials.
  • Accounts that have $25 or more in bills go to a collection agency when the items are seven weeks overdue. You will then be charged an additional $10 referral fee to cover the cost incurred by PPLD.
  • If you find and return the item, the bill will be cancelled and replaced with the applicable overdue fine.

Paying Fines

You can pay fines by cash, check, or credit card.

By cash or check:

By credit card (fines exceeding $2.50 only):

  • In person at certain library locations with card readers
  • Online in the Bills portion of My Account. Click on the "Pay my bills" link and follow the instructions.

Comments

Hi there. PPLD's Circulation Manual states the following:

The Circulation Services Manager needs to be notified that a bankruptcy has been filed. Upon receiving the filing notice we suspend the patron‘s account with the collection agency, as required by law. The account will remain in suspended status until we receive paperwork verifying that the bankruptcy has been dismissed (denied) or discharged (granted). We will close the account if the bankruptcy is granted or resume collection activities if the bankruptcy is denied. However, even if the account is discharged (granted), the patron is NOT relieved of financial responsibility for items that show as LOST on their account. A discharged bankruptcy does not give the patron ownership of library materials that have not been returned.

I hope this helps. Please call 719-531-6333 x2382 for further assistance.

I've had an outstanding debt. To the library here for close to 4years. I was out of state for most of that time. How as a new resident of Colorado Springs , Can it be justified that I owe Approx. $12.00 for books fines and fees that are over 3 yrs. old and a collection agency has had the debt. Handed over to them with a small fee paid y upon receipt. Of said debt. Of who I am the major player. Should have been notified concerning and debt. Should not be equated to my absence and therefore guilty. Yes or no?

Without looking at your account, I cannot determine exactly what has happened in your case. However, if an item was not returned, we do partner with a collection agency to attempt to get the library materials returned. Part of the collection process is both email and US postal mail notification of the item being overdue and if not returned, that the collection agency will be alerted. Feel free to contact me by calling 531-6333 and I can review your account information to assist you with this.

I had checked out four books (two on crochet, two on herbal medicine) I returned all four of them to the Penrose library, in the book drop. I have Gorton an email saying the two herbal medicine books are overdue. I went to the library, a man renewed them for me saying goes maybe theyou were on the shelf and not in the system. I'm still getting emails saying they're not returned. I don't want to pay for books I really did return. Could someone have stolen them out of the book drop, or a librarian have lost them? What can I do?

Hi there. I'm told we were able to assist you via phone. We appreciate you bringing this matter to our attention and apologize for the error.

If i have the actual dvd but the case got lost will the item still be billed as Lost?

Please return the DVD to the library and let the staff know you don't have the case. There is a small fee for the missing case, tags and artwork (insert).

Or, we can renew the item to give you more time to locate the case, if you think that's possible.

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