Materials borrowed via any mechanism are the responsibility of the library cardholder. The current available price (not necessarily the original purchase price) plus a processing fee to help defray the cost of labor and materials is the responsibility of any cardholder who borrows and loses or damages any library material.
In the case of children under the age of 18, it is the parents’ or guardian’s responsibility to pay for lost or damaged items.
Unreturned library material and equipment in the amount of $50 or more are subject to the provisions of the Criminal Code of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, Article 16B: Protection of Library Materials.
A person commits the offense of library theft when he or she borrows from a library facility library material which has an aggregate value of $50 or more pursuant to an agreement with or procedure established by the library facility for the return of such library material, and willfully without good cause fails to return the library material so borrowed in accordance with such agreement or procedure, and further willfully without good cause fails to return such library material within 30 days after receiving written notice by certified mail from the library facility demanding the return of such library material.
Details of the Lost or Damaged Policy are outlined in Appendix K: Loan Periods, Renewals, Fees, and Borrowing Restrictions.