EVERETT PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Library is a community
resource in which a collection of books and other
materials are shared among members.
1.1 This damaged material
policy has been established to enable the library to
recover costs for material that has been defaced,
damaged or returned incomplete while in the patron's
2.0 DAMAGED MATERIAL
2.1 Material is damaged when,
in the sole discretion of library staff, circulation
of an item is prohibited due to its condition.
3.1 The Library charges
current replacement cost for damaged material.
Damaged material includes, but is not limited to
melted, warped, cracked or broken discs, and any
material chewed, written in, stained, or liquid
3.2 The Library does not
charge for damage that is a result of normal wear
and tear on items or containers. There is no charge
for erased computer discs or other
by playback equipment.
3.3 Patrons have 10 days,
after notification, to return missing pieces of an
item (artwork, case, disc, etc.) without charge.
After that time a non-refundable replacement fee
will be due. Whenever possible the library will
replace pieces or parts; if replacement pieces are
not available the full cost of the item will be
charged and the item will be discarded from the
system and may be given to the patron upon payment.
The Library retains the withdrawn damaged item for
3.4 The Library charges a
replacement fee for unreturned pieces based on
current replacement costs.
3.5 In addition to any other
damaged material costs, there is a $3.00
non-refundable charge for defacement of library
material. Defacement, includes but is not limited to
materials returned with the barcode removed, library
identification blackened out or erased, or barcodes
switched to another item.
Approved by Board of Trustees,
Everett Public Library
Revised September 9, 1998
Revised November 6, 2002
Revised December 3, 2012