[Libs-Or] minor patrons with bills

Leah Griffith leah.griffith at newbergoregon.gov
Tue Dec 12 17:09:19 PST 2017

We would also waive fines for a minor.   We have that within our purview for anyone, and we use it now and again.  In this circumstance, I would.

Leah M. Griffith,  Director
Newberg Public Library       503.537.1256

From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney
Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:04 PM
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Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] minor patrons with bills

We don't have anything specific in our policy about this, but our procedure tends to be that we will often waive all or a large portion of fines for minors, particularly if they are several years old. In a situation like this we'd probably clear her account entirely but put a note in it stating that we had, in case the same situation were to arise down the line.

Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney, MLIS
Library Director
Driftwood Public Library
801 SW Highway 101 #201
Lincoln City, OR 97367
Phone: 541-996-1251
kbrodbeck-kenney at lincolncity.org<mailto:kbrodbeck-kenney at lincolncity.org>

From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Kendra Antila
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Subject: [Libs-Or] minor patrons with bills

Hello all.  We recently had a teenager come into our library to renew her library card.  Her card had been expired for several years and had fairly substantial bills for unreturned items.  The young woman had no idea where the books were and was unable to pay for them.  She explained that she was now living in foster care.

When we looked at our current library policy we realized we had no recourse, as it states:
Persons wishing to renew their library cards must clear their accounts of lost items and overdue fines.

I approached my advisory board about some type of revision as applied to minors.  They have asked me to find out how other libraries handle situations like this.  If any of you have policies pertaining specifically to minor patrons with fines and card renewals, would you please share?

Thank you,

Kendra Antila
Director | Lebanon Public Library
Tel: 541.258.4232
55 Academy Street, Lebanon OR 97355

kantila at ci.lebanon.or.us<mailto:kantila at ci.lebanon.or.us>

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