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An Anonymous Patron sends "this audio piece from NPR's Morning Edition. No more polite letters from the Austin Public Library, which loses half a million dollars a year in lost materials and unpaid fines. Now patrons with overdue books will be hearing from a collection agency. (Real Audio required)"
With $2 million due in fines, some 26,000 items missing from their collection, and over 6,000 overdue accounts, the Wichita, KS library has decided, [at long last, it would seem] to engage the services of a collection agency to help get their money. "The worst offender is a reader who checked out 124 items nearly a decade ago and never returned them. The price of those items and fines add up to $2,430.66. Five other people owe more than $1,000." Read all about it.
Story from the Philadelphia Inquirer about renewed efforts to collect overdue fines from scofflaw book borrowers, part of a program to recover lost income after a significant budget cut last year.
According to Cecy Keller, Director of the Chester County System, a debt of over $50 to the library will go onto your
credit report, preventing library patrons from obtaining mortgages or bank loans not to mention withdrawal of library privileges.
Hey, thanks for bringing it back.
How do you take your coffee? Story here about a book from the Malta library that was inadvertantly packed away when Ernie Roscouet, a resident of the Channel Islands, left Malta forty-two years ago. A trip back for his 65th birthday occasioned the return of the book.
Photo of the perp is here.
Suburban libraries in the US are getting tired of patrons who owe hundreds of dollars in missing and late materials. The main aim of libraries doing this is not to 'make money', as many claim, but as a way of ensuring their collection is available to all members.
Are public libraries really being excessive in doing this? Is it wrong for them to try and retrieve items that should have been returned long ago? Read the article in The Detroit News and have your say!!
Marlene writes " Hereâ€™s a fund raiser idea, get those slacker patrons to pay up or suffer a mark on their credit report. Durham County Library hopes to get back some of the $400,000 owed to the system and has gone the same way as 520 other library systems in US and Canada (including neighboring Chapel Hill library, as well as Mecklenburg, Guilford and Rockingham counties ) that use Unique Management Services. The collection service only takes library systems as clients and strives to be â€œgentleâ€? with patrons as they repeatedly persuade them to pay those overdue and lost item fines. If that tactic doesnâ€™t work, the service reports the patronâ€™s account to Trans Union, Equifax and Experian. If a patron is under 18, the mark goes on the parentâ€™s credit record."
News From PJStar.com where Emily Cannellos-Simms will have a hard time living down her overdue library book.
Cannellos-Simms recently discovered a book tardy by 48 years - and the fine she paid beats the record cited in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Thanks to Steven M. Cohen for being so helpful and sharing this, though he could've posted it himself. :-)
No one knows why Mildred Pugmire didn't return the books she borrowed 76 years ago from the Salt Lake City Public Library:
The Salt Lake Tribune has this one.
Just because we'll probably have a near-complete of overdue book stories here....
The article mentions that..."The largest library book fines paid, according to the current Guinness files, is $292.20, paid to the Prairie Creek Library, in Dwight, Ill., in 1999 by Art Org who discovered a book which was 40 years overdue." [from the kewanee star courier]