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Due Dates, Fees & Fines

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Call Us about:

  • Overdues 507.328.2308
  • Bookmobile Overdues 507.328.2302
  • Interlibrary Loan Overdues 507.328.2309

Overdue fees

Overdue fees begin accruing the day after an item is due. You will receive an automated telephone call, e-mail, or letter when an item is approximately 5 days overdue. When an item becomes 28 days overdue, you will be mailed a bill for the replacement cost of the item.

Paying in person

Overdue fees may be paid at the Public Service Desk on first floor. Cash, personal check and credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, or Discover).

Paying Online by Credit Card

  • Fees over $3.00 may be paid with a credit card. 
  • Payment may be made with Visa, Discover or MasterCard.
  • Payments are processed by PayPal's PayFlow Pro - a PayPal account is not necessary to pay online.
  • Fees under $3.00 cannot be paid online. Please pay these at the Public Services Desk. Fees do not accrue interest. 
    Log in to My Account to pay library fees.

Questions? Contact the library's Public Service Desk during open library hours, 507.328.2304 

If you prefer to be contacted about your overdue items by e-mail, contact the Overdue Section at 507.328.2314.

Loan Periods/Overdue fees

BOOKS Loan Period Late Fee
Books 28 days/14 days if high demand $.25/day
Children's and Young Adult books 28 days $.05/day
Quick Picks 7 days, no renewals $1.00/day
OverDrive eBooks 7-21 days No fees
EBSCO eBooks 1-7 days No fees
AUDIO BOOKS Loan Period Late Fee
Books on CD 28 days/14 days if high demand $.25/day
Children's and Young Adult Books on CD 28 days $.05/day
OverDrive downloadable Audio books 7-21 days No fees
MUSIC CDs and CD-ROMs Loan Period Late Fee
Music CDs 14 days/7 days if high demand $.25/day
Children's Music CDs 28 days $.05/day
CD-ROMs 28 days $.50/day
Children's CD-ROMs 28 days


SPECIAL KITS/BAGS Loan Period Late Fee
Book Group Bags 6 weeks $5.00/day
Kits for Kids 2 weeks $.05/day
Science Fun to Go 2 weeks $.05/day
DVDs, Streaming video AND VHS Loan Period Late Fee
TV/Movie/Special Non-Fiction DVDs 14 days/7 days if high demand $.50/day
Nonfiction DVDs 28 days/14 days if high demand $.50/day
Children's DVDs 14 days /7 days if high demand $.05/day
Quick Flicks (DVDs) 2 days, no renewals $1.00/day
Non-Fiction Video Cassettes (VHS) 2nd floor 28 days/14 days if high demand $.25/day
Overdrive Streaming Video 3-7 days No fees
All Circulating Magazines 28 days No fees
Pamphlets 14 days No fees

OTHER Loan Period Late Fee
Collection Agency Referral Fee n/a $25.00
Interlibrary loan materials Varies - set by loaning library $.25/day
Online databases n/a No fees
Video Games
maximum checkout limit of 2 games per user
14 days/7 days if high demand $.05/day
 WiFi Hotspots / WiFi Hotspot & Chromebook  14 days $5.00/day

Lost Library materials

If library materials are not returned 28 days after the due date, they will be considered lost and a fee for the entire replacement cost of the materials will appear on your account. If the lost materials are returned, the fee for replacement cost will be replaced by an overdue fee (maximum of $10.00 per item).

Limits on Checkouts and Reserves

Every patron is limited to a total of 15 Movie/TV/Secured Nonfiction DVDs and a total of 15 Children's DVDs checked out at a time. There are no number limits to any other item types (books, CDs, VHS, etc.,). 

Each patron is limited to a maximum of 30 outstanding reserves/holds for items from the Rochester Public Library's collection at one time.