Fine Increase at Library

Board of Education News Release

Better keep track of your library books – the Hawaii State Public Library System (HSPLS) has increased their overdue fine amounts and made some changes other administrative rules, effective last Thursday, Aug. 5.

Parents should be aware that overdue fines for children at Hawaii’s public libraries have increased from 15 cents per item per day to 25 cents per item per day. The current maximum fine of $4.50 per item for children (ages 17 years and under) will also increase to $7.50 per item. By implementing this change, overdue fines and the maximum amount per item will be the same for all borrowers. Of course, children who return library materials on time will not be affected by this rule change.

Parents can help their children keep track of due dates for loaned library materials on the HSPLS website (www.librarieshawaii.org): select the “Information” tab, click on the “My Account” tab, log in, and select “Checked Out.”

DVD and video borrowers will be happy to know that overdue fines for DVD/Video rentals have decreased from $1.00 per DVD/Video per day to 25 cents per DVD/Video per day. The rental fee and loan period for DVDs and videos are $1.00 per DVD/Video and seven days, respectively.       
A replacement library card for Hawaii resident or military decreased from $10 to $5. This change will make the $5 cost consistent for both juveniles and adults. The library card application and renewal has also been changed, advising parents and guardians that they will be held financially responsible for any fines, fees or charges incurred by a minor whose library card application they are signing.   

For a complete listing of the revised 2010 HSPLS Administrative Rules please visit the HSPLS website, http://www.librarieshawaii.org/information/rules/adminrules.htm


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