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Overdue Materials

When library books and materials are returned late.

The library uses an overdue fine system to ensure maximum availability of materials. Unpaid library charges of MLC students over $5 are submitted to Financial Services who will add these charges to the individual’s college account with an additional service charge. Overdue notices are sent via email. If there is no response after 2 notices the item is assumed lost and the student’s account is billed. Borrowing privileges will be temporarily suspended if library charges exceed $5.00 for MLC students or community patrons until those charges have been paid or resolved.

Fines accrue when material is overdue, and amounts are calculated when material is returned. A reminder notice is sent by email two days after the due date. A second notice is sent nine days after the due date. All patrons with materials sixteen days overdue receive a bill for the replacement cost. If overdue material is returned before a replacement has been ordered, all charges (except overdue fines) will be cancelled.

Fines & Charges

Overdue Fine Rates


Overdue Charge

Lost Item Charge

General collections, Children’s Literature, Curriculum, Bound Journals,

.05/day per item

Subject to replacement availability.

Interlibrary loans:

Determined by loaning library

Determined by loaning library

Course Reserves:

.25/ hour per item

Subject to replacement availability.

VHS tapes, DVD’s

.75/ day per item

Subject to replacement availability.