RE: AV fines

Tatar, Becky (
Thu, 22 Feb 2001 05:54:46 -0800 (PST)

In our public library, we still charge $1 per day. We ALWAYS tell people
this when they check out, even reminding patrons who have long histories of
checking out video. However, people are always surprised when they return 3
or 4 videos 5 days late and have a $5 fine per video. Ouch! However, they
never have overdue videos again. Some of our staff would like to see this
changed. I personally think the $1 is a good deterent, but I am in a
minority. Staff are claiming that even though the parent is the person to
check out, they punish their children by not checking out videos if there
are fines. Our ceiling for video fines is $30 or the price of the tape.
$30 came from the fact that the ceiling for all other materials fines was 30
days. Hope this helps

Becky Tatar
Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual
Aurora Public Library
1 E. Benton Street
Aurora, IL 60505
PHONE: 630-264-4100
FAX: 630-896-3209

-----Original Message-----
From: Barbara Voss []
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 12:51 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: AV fines

Hi All!!
I know that this concern circulated on this list last summer but I
need to see what policies, regarding late videocassette returns by
students, are in place in other academic libraries.
As it stands now, we charge $1.00 per day per title (no grace
period) with no ceiling on the fine. There is some concern that this
may be a bit harsh and a ceiling on AV fines is in order. Any

Barbara A. Voss
Audiovisual Services Specialist
Pennsylvania College of Technology
One College Avenue
Williamsport PA 17701
Phone: 570 320-2400 1-7774
FAX: 570 327-4503