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About fines and fees

As a new borrower you can have a library card just by asking at the check-out desk and showing I.D. and proof of your current address. There is no charge for the initial card or for borrowing Sonoma County Library materials.

To make sure that library materials are freely available to everyone, fees are charged for late or lost items. You may now pay by credit card online or in person, as well as by cash or check.

Changes in fines and fees effective September 15, 2012

Starting Saturday, September 15, these are the late fines for items returned after the due date:

  • 25 cents a day on all items other than DVDs
  • $1 on DVDs
  • $10 maximum late fine per item

The fee to replace lost items is the cost to replace them.

If you owe the library more than $5, you cannot renew items or check out additional materials.

If you owe more than $100 in late charges or fees, we send you a billing notice. If the account is not cleared within 30 days, we forward it to a collection service.

For more detail, see the Library Policy on Fines and Fees.

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