Library privileges are automatically revoked until all outstanding charges are paid.
Items that are not returned within 45 days of their original due date are considered long overdue. In addition to regular overdue charges, long overdue items are charged to the patron’s account at replacement cost plus an additional processing fee per item (see financial section). When this occurs a billing notice will be sent to the mailing address supplied by the patron. The library is removed from any responsibility regarding the inability to deliver a billing notice due to inaccurate patron information, since it is the patron’s responsibility to provide accurate and updated contact information to the library.
Any amount in excess of $50 may be turned over to the courts for collection by filing a criminal affidavit for the items, as a misdemeanor according to the Library Materials Act of Mississippi. The Director will appear in court to represent the Library with counsel if needed.
The checking in of a long overdue item by library staff in no way implies automatic acceptance of the overdue item in lieu of outstanding charges. If an item is returned to the library after billing notices are distributed, the patron’s account may be reduced for the cost of the book less the long overdue fine *IF* the librarian determines that the item’s return to regular circulation follows the library’s current standards for collection materials or that a length of time has elapsed has not been such that funds were expended to replace the overdue item with similar materials. If the librarian determines that it is inappropriate to return the item to regular circulation, the full price for item replacement will still be owed by the patron. The patron does not have the option to retain the item, since the item remains the property of Copiah-Jefferson Regional Library.
Staff and Trustees do not incur overdue penalties.
Senior Citizens (60+) do not incur overdue penalties on printed materials
In all cases, a processing fee (see financial section) will be charged for each item that has become long overdue. This fee cannot be waived.
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