Fines & Fees Policy

Patrons returning items after the due date, return damaged materials, or who fail to return library materials will be assessed overdue and/or replacement charges. Amnesty of fines and fees for children under 16, adults over 60, teachers (with appropriate card), or in special cases due to illness or family emergencies may be granted at the discretion of the Director. 

Overdue Fines

Overdue Charges General Collection

All library materials (except hot spots) ....................... $.10 per day

Maximum charge threshold of $5.00 per library card account

(checkouts will be discontinued until some effort to pay the account has been made)

Wi-Fi Hot Spots................... $5.00 per day

Maximum Charge Threshold of $165.00 (replacement cost of item)

Overdue Hot Spots will be deactivated after 24 hours and a fee of $5.00 will be placed on the library account


Fees for Lost or Damaged Materials

Patrons failing to return library materials shall be assessed the replacement costs of the unreturned items. No charges are assessed for minor damage. If the item is damaged to the extent it must be replaced, the patron is charged the current replacement cost. A printed receipt will be given the patron for all fees paid.  


If a previously reported lost item is found, refunds for fees paid will be provided with valid receipt within one year of the payment of the fees.  Refunds will be made via check and mailed to the patron.

Overdue and Fine Notices

When an item is 28 days overdue, a notice is e-mailed to the patrons with e-mail addresses on file. When an item is 56 days overdue, a second notice and final overdue notice is e-mailed to the patron. Patrons without email addresses receive overdue notices mailed to the address on file. An item 100 days overdue is considered lost.

Contact Info

Harris-Elmore Public Library

328 Toledo St.

P.O. Box 45

Elmore, OH 43416

Phone:  (419) 862-2482

Fax:  (419) 862-2123

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm

Friday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm

Sunday: CLOSED

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