Fines & Fees

Multas y cargos

Fines

You are charged a daily fine for each item not returned or renewed by its due date. The Library will attempt to notify you when an item is overdue. Fines are accrued at 20 cents per day, per item. The maximum fine charged is $3 per item, per checkout period.

See details about Checkout Limits & Renewals

Payment Information

Fines may be paid at any Denver Public Library location. We accept cash, checks (made out to Manager of Finance) and credit cards (MasterCard or VISA). Payment may also be mailed to any location, sent to the attention of the Circulation Department. Fines may be paid over the phone by calling 720-865-1325 during regular Central Library hours. At this time, online payment of fines is not available.

Lost Items

If you have lost an item you will be responsible for paying a standard replacement fee based on the type of materials lost (paperback, DVD, etc.). You will also be charged a processing fee, and you may be charged overdue fines that have accrued on the lost item.

Incomplete Returns

It is the borrower's responsibility to make sure that each case contains all discs before checking and before returning audiovisual materials. Fees may be assessed for incomplete returns.

Damaged Materials

Library materials should be returned in good condition. Replacement and processing fees will be assessed to the borrower account for items returned in damaged condition. Damage includes but is not limited to:

  • Water damage
  • Burned or ripped covers, cases or pages
  • Ripped or removed labels, barcodes or RFID tags
  • Dirt, sand, food or other substances adhered to materials
  • Highlighting or underlining of text
  • Bed bugs or other pests

Blocked Cards

You cannot check out or renew materials if you have fines or fees totaling $5 or more, your library account is in "collections" or you have an incorrect address and/or telephone number on your library record.

Library card accounts with fines and/or fees totaling $25 or more may be sent to a collection agency for further action. A fee of $10 will be added to your account to cover collection costs.

If you need immediate assistance or more information about your library card record, please visit or call your nearest library.

Special Loan Fees

Some Interlibrary Loan items have a checkout fee. The fee amount is up to the owning library and must be approved by the customer before the item is requested from the owning library. Special loan fees must be paid at the time of checkout.

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