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Registration and Circulation Policy Changes

Effective May 5, 2014

Circulation Policy

Effective May 5, 2014, the library will no longer waive late fees over $25.

There is a maximum late fee per item of $5. However, multiple overdue items with late fees that total more than $25 will be assessed the full balance due. Patrons cannot checkout materials with a balance of $10 or more on their accounts.

For your convenience, you may renew items by:

Phone: @ 919-680-2524
Online: @
In Person: @ any Durham County Library

Registration Policy

Checkout more DVDs!
The maximum number of DVDs available for checkout has increased from 5 to 10. DVD holds have increased from 5 to 15.

New items available for checkout:
Nooks – 1 checkout, 1 hold, 21-day loan period, 5 renewals
Book Club Kits – 2 checkouts, 3 holds, 42-day loan period, 0 renewals
Ebooks and downloadable audiobooks – 4 checkouts, 5 holds, 7 or 14-day loan period

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7 Responses to Registration and Circulation Policy Changes

  1. Michelle Hatschek Neal May 3, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    This new policy might have a negative impact on children, as often many children’s books are checked out at one time. If the adult with the child is not returning books on time, then late charges could prevent children from getting books.

    Maybe you will consider a “Forgiveness Day” (or whatever it might be named) once or twice a year. While the library would not be getting the late charges, it would be getting the BOOKS back. Purchasing and processing a library item is probably more costly than its late charges.

    Thanks for th opportunity to comment.

    • Aireen May 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

      I hope Library can call the account holder’s phone if the book is already 10 days late, so that they could avoid to incur such high fee.

      • Durham County Library May 10, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

        There is still a maximum fee of $5 per item. The new policy only affects patrons who have more than five items that have been overdue for more than 20 days each or have lost or damaged books on their record.

  2. anonymous June 3, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    I agree that this new policy will have a negative impact on children. When children’s books are checked out 10+ at a time that really adds up. Though there are several ways to renew books, it is an easily overlooked task.

  3. anonymous June 3, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Will there be a way to pay late fees online in the near future?

    • Durham County Library June 3, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

      We are working with the county to enable online and in-person credit card processing. Unfortunately, I don’t have an ETA as to when it might be rolled out. We have patrons asking about credit card use on a daily basis and are trying to get it up and running as soon as possible.

      • Anonymous June 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

        Online payment would be epic.. Thanks for working on it..

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