Palos Verdes Library Revamps Borrowing Policies

Palos Verdes Library Revamps Borrowing Policies

Fines for Overdue Children’s Materials to be Eliminated

The Palos Verdes Library District (PVLD) has revamped its borrowing policies for adult and children’s materials, resulting in extended loan periods for some items and reduced or eliminated charges for others.

Most significant is the suspension of all overdue fines on children’s books, CDs, DVDs and magazines.

“The library is embracing a new philosophy of materials’ lending,” said PVLD Director Jennifer Addington. “We want to tear down any barriers that might have prevented community members from fully using library materials. We want to provide as much access as possible without monetary penalties.”

Beginning Aug. 20, any library patron (adult or child) who checks out a children’s book or other item from the Young Readers’ Department will be able to keep the item beyond the 21-day borrowing period without incurring overdue fines (previously 30-cents per day).

As before, library patrons will continue to receive regularly scheduled overdue reminders. Any children’s item that goes unreturned for 45 days will be declared “lost” and will be subject to the full replacement cost. Even then, if the patron returns the item within an additional 30 days, PVLD will waive the charge.

“Of course we still want folks to get their checked-out items back to the library as close to the due date as possible — just so they will be available for other families to use,” stressed Young Readers Manager Laura Henry. “We simply want children to enjoy their books and other materials as long as they reasonably need them without stressing about possible charges.”

The new policy covers only juvenile and young adult materials; overdue adult items will continue to accumulate fines if returned past their due dates. 
Other changes to the library district’s borrowing policies include:

• Adult audio books, both tapes and CDs, will now be free and can be checked out for 21 days, the same as a regular book (previously audio books cost $1 per week with a one-week renewal).

• All items (both juvenile and adult) may be checked out with unlimited renewals, unless another patron has placed a hold on the item.  Previously, renewals were limited to 2 times per item.

• Unless lost or damaged, adult items will accrue a maximum of $10 in overdue fines (previously, fines could run as high as the replacement value of the item).
“We’re very excited about the changes,” said Addington, “and delighted that the District’s Board of Library Trustees adopted this new policy.”

Patrons with questions or concerns about their accounts are encouraged to consult library staff.