Overdue Fees at PINES Libraries to Increase Jan. 1 Print E-mail

ATLANTA — Effective Jan. 1, 2013, overdue fines for items such as audiobooks, e-books, CDs, DVDs and event passes will increase at PINES libraries around the state. Rates will vary by item, however, with the majority of non-equipment fees increasing to either 20 cents or 50 cents per day. In most cases, the rate of increase will be 10 cents. The overdue fee for books, which increased on July 1 from 10 cents to 20 cents per day, will remain at that level after Jan. 1.

A statewide consortium of 285 public libraries and affiliated service outlets in 143 Georgia counties, the Public Information Network for Electronic Services – PINES, for short – offers citizens a shared catalog of approximately 10.4 million items, with a single library card that is welcomed in all member libraries.

Items checked out before Jan. 1 will be charged a late fee at the current rate even if they are returned on or after Jan. 1. Items checked out or renewed Jan. 1 or later will be charged the revised per day rate. The PINES software program will automatically apply the amount in effect at the time of checkout. Because a renewal is considered a new checkout, fines for renewals placed on Jan. 1 or after will accrue at the new rate.

"The fee increases of the past six months are the first increases since PINES was introduced in 1999," said PINES Program Director Elizabeth McKinney. "They are necessary to help fund the replacement costs of unrecoverable items and also to defray the costs of debt recovery agencies now required by most systems."

A complete list of PINES participating libraries, as well as a full chart containing overdue fines for all 27 items types and classifications is available online at http://pines.georgialibraries.org. Patrons may also contact their local libraries for specific details about the fine increases.