Effective July 1, 2021, Thousand Oaks Library will stop charging overdue fines. This move ensures that our library is living up to its commitment to inspire, inform, and engage our community. However, patrons remain responsible for fees charged for lost and damaged items. These charges cover the replacement cost of the item and a processing fee.
Fine Free FAQ
Outstanding overdue fines will be forgiven so that patrons can receive a fresh beginning. We invite patrons who stopped going to the library due to overdue fines to return and enjoy our library materials and services. We also hope that anyone who has books or other materials that were billed as lost items, returns them to the library. If lost items are returned, the replacement fee and processing charge will be waived from the patron account.
Please note that the library will still continue to charge for lost or damaged items and processing fees, but will discontinue the use of overdue fines.
Research we conducted found that the elimination of overdue fines in libraries had several positive outcomes:
- Increased access to materials and services
- Reduction of inequities resulting from overdue fines, especially for children
- Improved customer relationships with the library
- Increased staff time and efficiency
Patrons are encouraged to return materials in a timely fashion to the Library so others may enjoy these shared resources. Items not returned within 30 days of their due date will go to lost status and customers will be billed for their replacement.
Patrons will continue to be responsible for reconciling any lost items or fees on their library account by either returning the items or paying the replacement fee. Accounts with $20 or more in fees will not be allowed checkout privileges.
Patrons have three options to pay for their lost items:
- Online on My Account
- In person at Grant R. Brimhall Library or Newbury Park Library
- Mail a payment check to the Thousand Oaks Library
Yes. Patrons will continue to receive overdue notices via emails, text, or phone call reminders for overdue items. To change the notice preference, log into My Account, click the Edit account button to pull up the Modify Patron Information window, and select the form of notice.
Any items checked out starting June 10, 2021 that are eligible for renewal will be automatically renewed for you. For more information on the auto renewal process, visit Ask-a-Librarian Q&A section.
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