Borrowing and overdue fines

Loan period and overdue fines

Most items are checked out for 21 days. All material except vinyl records may be returned to any Knox County Public Library location. Bookdrops are available for after hour returns, but some non-book items should not be placed in bookdrops or they will be damaged. There is an overdue charge of 10 cents a day for the first week and 20 cents a day following that except for videos and Launchpads which incur an overdue charge of $1.00 per day. The maximum fine for overdue books, CDs, vinyl records, and videos is $5.00. There is a maximum fine of $10.00 for Playaway Views and Launchpads.

Video loan period

Blu-rays, DVDs, and videotapes are loaned free of charge for 7 days.

Vinyl records

Due to their fragile nature, vinyl records must be checked out and returned to the circulation desk at Lawson McGhee Library. Vinyl records are loaned free of charge for 21 days and may not be placed on hold or renewed.

Renewal policy

Library materials may be renewed three times after checkout, except for materials on hold and vinyl records. It is not necessary to bring materials in for renewal. Materials can be renewed by telephone during open library hours, or on-line at any time. A valid library card number must be provided for both telephone and on-line renewals. State confidentiality laws require that a library card number must be presented in order to access patron information by telephone or on-line.

Unique Management Services, Inc. & long overdue items

All accounts more than 45 days past due are turned over to Unique Management Services who begin a gentle campaign of letters and phone calls. If the account is not resolved at that time, the company will begin secondary-placement services, which include extensive skip-tracing to find patrons who have moved. If the account is still not resolved after 120 days, the amount may be noted on their credit report as a last resort. Unique Management Services, Inc. of Jeffersonville, Indiana works with over 600 libraries in 40 states.