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Due Dates, Fees & Fines

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Starting June 1, the library is no longer charging fines on overdue items.  

Call us about:

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

Overdue fees

Library materials will still have due dates. You will receive an automated telephone call, e-mail, or letter when an item is approximately 5 days overdue. Fees will still be charged for items that are lost or damaged. When an item becomes 28 days overdue, you will be mailed a bill for the replacement cost of the item.

Paying in person

Due to COVID-19 related closures, we are not accepting payment in person at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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.
    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 No fees
Children's and Young Adult books 28 days No fees
Quick Picks 7 days, no renewals No fees
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 No fees
Children's and Young Adult Books on CD 28 days No fees
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 No fees
Children's Music CDs 28 days No fees
CD-ROMs 28 days No fees
Children's CD-ROMs 28 days

No fees

No fees
SPECIAL KITS/BAGS Loan Period Late Fee
Book Group Bags 6 weeks  
Kits for Kids 2 weeks No fees
Science Fun to Go 2 weeks No fees
DVDs, Streaming video AND VHS Loan Period Late Fee
TV/Movie/Special Non-Fiction DVDs 14 days/7 days if high demand No fees
Nonfiction DVDs 28 days/14 days if high demand No fees
Children's DVDs 14 days /7 days if high demand No fees
Quick Flicks (DVDs) 2 days, no renewals No fees
Non-Fiction Video Cassettes (VHS) 2nd floor 28 days/14 days if high demand No fees
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 No fees
Interlibrary loan materials Varies - set by loaning library No fees
Online databases n/a No fees
Video Games
maximum checkout limit of 2 games per user
14 days/7 days if high demand No fees
 WiFi Hotspots / WiFi Hotspot & Chromebook  14 days No fees

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.This fee will be removed when the item is returned.

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.