Overdue Book

Overdue Book

Overdue book reopens past chapters

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 01/11/2006 - 23:14
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Think you could get an entire column out of an overdue book? Well Grand Traverse Herald editor did.

"There are certain words in life that should avoid the adjective overdue: milk, baby and library books.
While chunky two percent is hard to swallow, it's plenty palatable compared to the bitter realization that "Fun and Fancy Free" is three days overdue. After all, besmirching your upright library patron status is neither fun or fancy free."

Philly - drops year-old policy of doubling fees

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 01/09/2006 - 07:32
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Anonymous Patron writes " Philly.com provides us a lesson in fine policy when it found that a year-old policy of doubling fees drove revenues down - and patrons away. "Library director Elliot Shelkrot said yesterday that revenues under the policy actually declined.
"Fewer books were coming back, and people were not paying fines, saying, 'I'm out of here,' but more importantly, we saw evidence that fewer people were borrowing books.""

Hunt for overdue books is Unique

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 09/20/2005 - 11:01
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An Anonymous Patron writes "Hunt for overdue books is Unique is one from The Courier-Journal, in Louisville, KT, on Unique Management Services, the library collection agency. The company makes its calls from downtown Jeffersonville, from what most recently was a Dollar General Store. The building has space for two, maybe three, times as many callers as the 50-something it has now. After all, most libraries still are not clients.

Library fines crash Credit ratings

Submitted by rochelle on Tue, 07/19/2005 - 15:44
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CSeanC writes "Some libraries have turned to collection agencies to recover overdue material fines. This can result in damage to credit histories. Found on MSN News and filed under the "one more thing to worry about" department.

Moneycentral.msn.com has more"Update: 07/19 10:55 EST by B:Yes, that's Credit Ratings. Not sure what a crefit rating is, but it sounds dangerous.

Cincy Libraries Going After Delinquent Patrons

Submitted by rochelle on Sun, 07/03/2005 - 20:10
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The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is enlisting the help of a collection agency to get back items gone missing on 2000+ accounts. More here from the
Cincinnati Enquirer
. The article also tells users to forget about waiting for an amnesty day. The library hasn't had one since the 80s, and has no plans to offer one.

Burlington Man Arrested, Jailed For Overdue Library Books

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 03/04/2005 - 08:07
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Anonymous Patron writes "News From Washington state on a Burlington, Washington man who has been ordered to pay a library $150 and do community service after he was arrested for overdue library books. He insists he tried to give his overdue library books to police. "They wouldn't even take them. That kind of irked me," he said. "I told them they are right on the table, take them. They said 'No, we have a warrant, we have to arrest you.'"