In an effort to collect on long overdue fines, the Traverse Area District Library Board of Trustees took action at its regular board meeting on October 18, 2012 to reduce the threshold fine at which a patron is blocked from borrowing library materials from $25 to $5, effective December 1, 2012. Click here to view the revised policy.
Patrons, who currently owe more than $5 in fines and/or fees have until December 1, 2012 to reduce their account balance to $5 or less, in order to continue uninterrupted borrowing privileges.
Overdue fines encourage the timely return of library materials for waiting borrowers or for browsing in the library. If an item is not returned 45 days past the due date, the borrower account is assessed for the replacement cost of the item.
Electronic notices are preferred but on request, or if the patron record does not have an email address on file, phone notices will be sent, but not as frequently.
- Patrons receive a courtesy email 3 days before the item is due.
- A follow-up email notice is sent at 1 day overdue, and then weekly for three weeks, until the patron is billed.
- Patrons receive a voice message at one week overdue and then weekly for three weeks, if the library does not have an email, until the patron is billed,
- A printed notice is sent via the postal service at 1 week overdue, if the library does not have an email.
Patrons can pay fines in person by cash or check at any TADL facility. Credit and debit payment is accepted at the express checkout stations and Welcome Desk at the Woodmere (Main) Branch. Patrons can also pay online with credit or debit by logging into their Account at www.tadl.org.
For convenience, patrons can return library items to any TADL facility regardless of whether or not it was checked out from that library. TADL's network of community libraries includes: Woodmere (Main) Branch, East Bay, and Kingsley Branch Libraries, Fife Lake Public Library, Interlochen Public Library, and Peninsula Community Library.
Thank you to all patrons for your understanding. And thank you for using the Traverse Area District Library, a Network of Community Libraries.