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Fine Free FAQs

Why did the Camden County Library eliminate overdue fines?

It is the mission of the Library to provide equal access to information, services, and opportunities that empower, enrich, and enhance the quality of life for all. Fines are a barrier to that access. Eliminating that barrier opens doors to all in our community to utilize the resources the Library offers.

Will there be overdue fines on any materials?

Most Camden County Library owned materials will no longer have overdue fines. Grab and Go items and Museum Passes will be assessed extended use fees since they are high demand collections with limited availability. Materials that are owned by other libraries and borrowed through Interlibrary Loan are still subject to fines.

Do I still have to pay a fine that was on my account prior to the Library going fine free?

If you’ve returned all materials to the Library, all fines have been waived.

Fines have been waived, so why does my account still have a balance?

Although the Library is doing away with overdue fines, fees for lost or damaged materials remain.  In addition, there are extended use fees for Grab and Go items and Museum Passes, since they are high demand collections with limited  availability.

How will the Library get people to return borrowed materials?

No fines does not mean no responsibility. Borrowing privileges are restricted 14 days after the due date. At any time customers may return materials to have all associated fees canceled. Borrowing privileges will be restored when materials are returned or balance is paid in full.

Will I still receive reminders about returning materials?

Yes, notices will be sent on the following schedule:

  • • 3 days before due date:  reminder email.
  • • 7 days after due date: 1st overdue notice, sent by email or regular  mail.
  • • 14 days after due date: 2nd overdue notice, sent by email or regular mail. Borrowing privileges restricted.
  • • 34 days after due date:  item considered lost; bill sent for replacement cost of   item/s.

If you do not currently receive Library notices by email, click here to add an email address to your account in My CamCat or speak to a Library staff member.

How is the Camden County Library budget affected by the loss of fine income?

Overdue fines make up less than one quarter of one percent of the Library’s annual  budget.

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