If you return an item up to 27 days late, you will not be assessed any overdue fines. However if your item(s) passes 28 days overdue, a replacement cost will be assessed as we will assume the item is lost. If you still have it, you can bring it back and the lost charge will automatically clear from your account.
However, if you wait too long your account may be referred to a collection agency. Accounts that show a balance of $50 and above for more than 21 days are candidates for collection. At that time, a non-negotiable $10 collection fee is assessed to cover the costs that the library incurs by initiating the collection process.