Library Fines

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About Fines

Fine Amounts and Policies

Item Type Overdue Fines Lost Item Replacement Fee Lost Item Processing Fee
COCC AV Items None Purchase Cost of the Item $15.00
COCC Books None Purchase Cost of the Item $15.00
Course Reserves $0.50 per hour for 3-hour loans
$3.00 per day for 24-hour, 48-hour, and 7-day loans
Purchase Cost of the Item $15.00
Group Study Room Keys $1.00 per hour $10.00 $10.00
Interlibrary Loan Items $0.50 per day Purchase Cost of the Item $15.00
Summit Items $0.50 per day $75.00 $15.00
Technology Equipment Varies by item. See Technology Lending for details. Purchase Cost of the Item
(From $15 to $1,500)
$15.00

Overdue Fines

Overdue fines apply for items past due. They accrue hourly or daily, depending on the type of item (see table above).

As a courtesy, email reminders will be sent to patrons three days before items are due. Regardless of whether or not a patron receives this email, he or she is responsible for returning Library items on time.

Overdue fines will not be shown in My Account while they are still accruing. They will appear only after one of the following occurs.

  1. The overdue item is returned to Barber Library.
  2. The patron reports the item as lost.
  3. The item is automatically declared lost 30 days past the due date.

At that time, all overdue and lost item fines will be assessed at once and applied to the patron's library account. Within one month, the fines will then be transferred to the patron's COCC student, faculty, or staff record for payment at the Cashier's Office.

Lost or Damaged Item Fines

Replacement and processing fees apply to items declared lost or returned damaged, in addition to any overdue charges.

The borrower assumes financial responsibility for any Library items checked out on his or her account, including financial responsibility in the event an item is lost, stolen, or damaged.

Regardless of whether payment has been made for an item, library items remain the property of the College. Materials cannot be purchased from the Library. Any person who falsely claims to have lost materials simply to retain possession of them, or who refuses to surrender a found item, can be charged for illegally possessing state property.

If Library items are damaged (especially by water), please return them immediately to the Circulation Desk so appropriate measures can be taken to salvage the item.

Charges for lost items returned within a year of the billing date are credited to the patron's account. Overdue fines and processing fees still apply.

Loss of Library Borrowing Privileges

The Library temporarily revokes borrowing privileges for borrowers whose account balances exceed $250. When the charges are resolved, borrowing privileges are reinstated.

Paying Fines

COCC students and Community Patrons must pay overdue fines and replacement fees either...

  1. At the Cashier's Office in the Boyle Education Center, or
  2. Online through Bobcat Web (in the Tuition/Fees and Online Payment section).

The Library cannot accept direct payments at the Circulation Desk.

Accruing overdue fines or lost item fees will result in a hold on a student's record. The hold will prevent the student from registering for classes, obtaining transcripts, or graduating.

On the third week of every term, the College sends accounts with outstanding balances over $50 to the Oregon Department of Revenue for collection. To avoid collection fees, settle any fines with the College as soon as you incur them.

Appealing Fines

Patrons may appeal library charges if they have been mistakenly assessed or if extenuating circumstances may warrant reduction or cancellation of the charges. Appeals should be made at the Circulation Desk within 30 calendar days of the original billing.

The following reasons are not regarded as valid for canceling or reducing charges.

  • Item lost, stolen, or damaged by a third party
  • Item loaned to a third party
  • Lack of knowledge of Library policy
  • Disagreement with Library policy
  • Forgetting the due date
  • Non-receipt or late receipt of the overdue notice
  • Item returned to a library other than COCC Barber Library
  • Term breaks, illness, vacations, exams, car problems, etc.

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