Library Fines and Fees

Fine Rates

The fines for almost all materials are 10¢ per item per day. The only exceptions are DVDs and video games, which are $.25 per item per day.

Grace Period

There is a three day grace period for all items except DVDs and video games. You will not have any fines for items returned within three days of their due date. If items are more than three days overdue, however, the fine for those three days will still apply.

Maximums on Fines

There are maximums for our overdue fines.

These maximums only apply to fines for items being late – not for fees for items that are lost or damaged.

Children’s Department Items – $3 maximum per item

Adult Department Items (including DVDs) – $5 maximum per item

Paying Fines

Currently fines may be paid in person at the library or over the phone at 309-452-1757.

Checking Fines Online

You can check your fines on your online account. Find out more about your online account here.

Unpaid Fines and Fees

If you have more than $5 in unpaid fines, you will not be able to check out.

Lost or Damaged Materials

If you lose or damage an item, you will be required to pay for the cost of repairing or replacing the item, plus an additional $5 processing fee.

You may pay for lost or damaged items online or at the Front Desk using cash, check, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover).

We are not able to make refunds for these payments. For this reason, it’s a good idea to make sure you have really searched for a lost item before you pay for it.

Debt Collection

If you have more than $50 in fines or fees and have not responded to notices from the library, your account will be referred to a debt collection agency and an additional $10 fee will be applied to your account. Please return all items by due dates and pay any fines promptly to avoid debt collection.