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Fines and Fees

  • Overdue library items : $0.25 per item per day, to a maximum of $2.50 per item for children’s materials and $5.00 per item for young adult and adult materials.
  • Replacement library card: $1.00.
  • Check-out privileges are blocked when an account balance exceeds $10.00. This includes eMaterials.
  • Items 45 days overdue are considered lost. The price of the item plus a processing fee of $9.00 will be assessed to the patron's record.
  • Library fines are not reported to credit agencies.

You may pay your fines in person via cash, check, or card at a library branch, or pay online.

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Access to Audiovisual Materials Policy

The Library makes available to its users a collection of audiovisual materials, including, but not limited to, books on cassette and CD, Playaway devices, music CDs, and videocassettes and DVDs, including both educational materials and feature films. As technology develops, other audiovisual materials may be made available through the Library website or other means.

In accordance with the American Library Association's "Access for Children and Young Adults to Nonprint Materials: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights," the Butte County Library does not restrict access to any audiovisual materials by any user, regardless of age.

It is the responsibility of parents and guardians, not library staff, to decide which materials are suitable to be used or borrowed by their children. The Library encourages parents and guardians to accompany their children when they use the Library and to provide clear guidelines for appropriate items for reading, listening or viewing.

Passed and adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Butte, State of California, on March 11, 2008.

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Loan Periods

Please bring your card with you if you plan to check out materials. Your card can be used at any branch of the Butte County Library System. You may check out up to 25 items per card per visit, and 99 items total on a card at one time.

The following limits apply to the number of items of each media type a person may have at one time, regardless of when they are checked out:

Item Type    Loan Period    Limit     Can It Renew?  
Books 21 days 99 Yes
Books on a single subject
(e.g., gardening, investing, California missions)
21 days 99 Yes
Books on CD or Tape 21 days 99 Yes
Music CDs 21 days 99 Yes
Magazines 7 days 99 Yes
Playaways 21 days 99 Yes
DVDs 7 days 99 Yes
J DVDs 7 days 99 Yes
Videocassettes 7 days 99 Yes
Meeting Room Keys
1 Day

If you cannot find the title you would like to borrow in your branch you can put it on hold from our online catalog. When holds arrive at the branch, they will be available for 7 days for you to pick them up. If you can't find it in any of our branches, ask us about Interlibrary Loan (ILL) or the Zip Books program.

Books may be returned to any branch of the Butte County Library. Each branch (except Biggs) has a 24-hour book drop. We prefer that oversize items be returned inside the library, and not in the book drop, to avoid damage to items.

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Refund Policy

At the time of payment for a lost item, the patron is given a receipt. This receipt is required to receive a refund. Upon approval of the Library Director, refunds for the purchase price (minus the $9.00 processing fee per item) can be issued within one year of the date of receipt.

Due to bookkeeping constraints, the library cannot issue refunds for less than $20.00.

Refund checks are processed through the Butte County Auditor-Controller.

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