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We Have Big News! 

Highland Park Public Library will no longer charge overdue fines for youth materials.

Things to Know:

  • Children's and young adult materials will be fine free.
  • Fines are fees charged for overdue library materials. “Fine free” refers to eliminating fees charged for returning library materials after their due date. 
  • Overdue fines will be eliminated on children’s and young adult books, movies, storybook kits, STEM kits, CDs, and video games. Teen materials and teen graphic novels are fine free too.
  • While you will no longer be charged a fine, after a Highland Park Public Library youth item is two weeks overdue, your account will be blocked. Additional items cannot be checked out until the overdue item is returned (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.). Additionally, access to our digital collections (downloads from Libby, Hoopla, Kanopy, etc.) and databases will be blocked.
  • Items will still have due dates and need to be returned in good condition. If items are kept 45 days past their due date or are damaged, you will be charged for the replacement cost plus a $5 processing fee. Replacement copies are not accepted.
  • Please note that library materials checked out at other libraries are subject to their fine policies.
  • Adult print materials (books) and CDs are 20 cents per day when overdue; DVDs, Blu-rays and videogames from the adult collection are $1 per day when overdue no matter the age of the borrower. 
  • Fines accrued before March 16, 2020 will need to be paid either online by credit card at (click on My Account to sign in) or in person with a check or with a credit card at the kiosks in the Library lobby. 
  • Automatic renewals will still be in effect for both adult and youth materials. New items will only renew once; older items will renew twice. No items will renew if someone else is waiting for it. 

Highland Park Public Library’s new policy on overdue youth materials:

Each item still has a due date and borrowers are responsible for honoring the due date. If an item is more than two weeks (14 days) overdue after all permitted renewals are exhausted, borrowers will be restricted and will not be able to check out any additional items. Once the item is returned, the restriction is removed from the borrower’s account.

Borrowers will be blocked and not be able to check out any additional items if the account:

  • has items over 14 days overdue
  • has accumulated fees and charges in excess of $10

Items not returned after 45 days overdue will be billed at the cost of replacement. Once the account is settled, the item belongs to you.