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If I lost a book can I purchase the same book to give back to the library in lieu of lost fees?

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2010  |  77 Views

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We are sorry to hear a book was lost!  Unfortunately our policy states we are unable to accept a personally purchased book in lieu of lost fees.  Often the books we purchase have a special library binding.  The reasons are outlined in our circulation manual, which I have included below. 


Why do we not accept “like” items in lieu of payment?

1.      Much of our collection is ordered and received pre-labeled/barcoded, etc., which is why the price is higher.  If we accept a replacement item, we have the added cost of cataloguing and processing the item.

 2.      “Like” items purchased at a bookstore, used bookstore, garage sale, etc. are of inferior quality.  These items will have a shorter shelf life than items purchased from a library distributor.

 3.     We have the right to decide whether to replace the item with the money received or to purchase a different item for the library.



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