The Washington County Library System placed a temporary moratorium on fines and fees on March 20, 2020, ensuring late fees were not charged on overdue items. This measure was intended to assist patrons who are practicing social separation that can’t come to the library to check in their items.
However, as we institute curbside checkout, other people could be waiting for the requested materials. To encourage patrons to return borrowed materials for the next person on the hold list the normal return process will be reimplemented. A grace period of 2 weeks will be allotted, extending the checkout period of all materials until May 3, 2020. After that grace period, items should be returned or renewed. Items not returned will be assessed their normal fine rate, which is 10 cents a day in most cases.