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I have lost a library book. What should I do?

Last Updated: May 11, 2016  |  12285 Views

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If you have lost a book or other library item, or if the item is damaged, the library will charge you the original retail price of the item.  You will not be charged an overdue fine.

A staff member can tell you how much the item costs.  If you prefer to provide a replacement copy yourself, you may, but it must be an identical item in new condition.  The replacement copy must be the same edition of the title as the lost book, and it must be the same format (hardback for hardback, for example).

Please note, you cannot provide a replacement copy for books with red B & T label, sometimes referred to as express books. If this type of book is lost, you must pay the original retail price of the item. 

You can pay for a lost item by cash or check in any branch.  If you want to pay online by credit card, you may not see charges for the lost item until you let a circulation staff member know that an item has been lost. 

Save the receipt for the payment of a lost item.  Then, if the item turns up later, you can return it to any branch within six months and receive the difference between what you paid and the maximum overdue fine

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Other Answers / Comments (7)

  1. Good information, but it doesn't say how you return a book and apply for a partial refund on a the replacement fee that was paid. Also, why should I have to keep a receipt when, presumably, the data is in the library's system?
    by kevin adler on Oct 27, 2011.
  2. You can return the book to the circulation desk of any branch. We ask you to bring the receipt for the original payment because it will speed the transaction and because payment records are periodically purged from our system.
    by Ask on Oct 27, 2011.
  3. I returned the books to the from desk. The person who was in charged to loged them in didn't . Why the Poolesville library don't have a basket or slot where we can return the books inside when they are busy? Now I have to pay the books that already I returned. For now on, I have to give them to their hands and watch them log them in! Otherwise , don't be surprise that your account shows that you haven't returned it.
    by Jose A Gonzales on Apr 18, 2014.
  4. This is a dumd rule
    by lillianna on May 14, 2015.
  5. If u lost the book do u have to pay for it and then find the book and give it back or do u just pay for it
    by Hope on Jun 27, 2016.
  6. Does this work for schools too? I lost to kill a mockingbird
    by Angelique on Jul 18, 2016.
  7. if really work then .i thankful
    by akangshi on Aug 22, 2016.

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