On August 6, Charleston County Public Library increased its fine for late materials to 20 cents per day from the original 15 cents per day, but the maximum fine for a single late item remains at $5.
With the change, the library's per day late fine remains the same charged to residents returning late books at a number of county public libraries across the state, including Dorchester, Richland, Beaufort, Lexington, Aiken, Edgefield, Hampton and others. Some libraries charge up to $1 per day for late DVDs, CDs and videos, but CCPL's late fine is 20 cents per day for all items. As part of CCPL's continuing effort to encourage reading by the area's youth, the library is continuing to waive late fees for children’s materials checked out on a children's library card.
There are a number of ways to avoid late fines. Charleston County residents can get a PIN number to access their account through the library's online catalog. By logging in, users can renew items twice, if there isn't a waiting list for the item. To get a PIN number, residents should contact their local branch library.
Residents also can receive reminders before an item’s due date through a free online service, Library Elf. Once registered, customers can get emails or text messages to track the status of hold requests and receive reminder alerts about due dates. To make it easy on families with multiple library cards, Library Elf can create a consolidated list of books checked out, due dates and hold requests.