No more fines for overdue items

Beginning April 11th, 2019 the Hepburn Library of Madrid will join a handful of other St. Lawrence County Libraries that no longer charge fines for overdue materials. Why did the library decide to go fine free? It’s good for our community- we hope this will encourage prior users to come back to the library and to attract new users to experience our offerings. What this means for our community is that you will no longer receive a daily late fine on overdue items. You are still responsible for returning your items, once there are 5 overdue items on your account, privileges will be suspended. The library will still send you reminders about your items. If you have other overdue fines from other libraries in the North Country Library System, you are still responsible for paying these at the library where these fines accrued.  If you check out materials while visiting another library in the North Country Library System, you could still be charged fines based on that library’s fine policy (some have fines, some do not). Items 45 days or more overdue will be assumed lost and you will be billed for the replacement cost. Past replacement fees and processing charges for lost or damaged items still apply. As always, the library will still accept monetary donations. These donations provide services, critical programming and more. Thank you to our community.