Borrowing, Fines and Charges

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Please be aware that libraries within BCCLS may establish their own loan periods, overdue fines and renewal policies. Items received from another library that fulfill patron requests placed in the catalog will be subject to different policies than those established by Hillsdale Library for Hillsdale items.

All Hillsdale items, excepting television series on DVD, may be renewed two times. Television series may not be renewed. An item may also not be renewable if another patron has requested it.

Adult new books, compact discs, and magazine issues are loaned for two weeks.

Adult and Juvenile DVDs, and video games are loaned for one week.

Adult television series on DVD are loaned for four weeks.

All other items are loaned for four weeks.


Hillsdale Library books, magazine issues, compact discs, and audiobooks that are returned late will incur a late return fee of 15 cents per day, per item. DVDs and videogames will incur a late return fee of $1.00 per day, per item. We strongly recommend that all patrons utilize the online account feature within the catalog to monitor the status and due dates of items borrowed. We do not recommend relying only on email notifications, as these can sometimes be redirected as spam by mail servers.

In the event of extreme weather or unexpected library closure, staff will make provisions for adjusting due dates within a reasonable time frame.

Please ask staff how to use the online account features.


When a patron must pay for a lost or damaged item owned by another member of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS), a payment must be made by check payable to the owning library. The item will be removed from the patron’s record and the payment will be forwarded to the owning library. The Hillsdale Library will not refund any payment for items owned by other libraries.


If a patron has lost or damaged an item belonging to the Hillsdale Library, the item must be paid for. At the discretion of the Director, patrons may replace a lost / damaged item with a NEW copy provided by the patron. A receipt will be made available to the patron showing the title and barcode number of the lost item, as well as the date of payment and the patron’s name.

Lost item charges will be assessed according to the following chart. It is reflective of the current unit pricing approved by the BCCLS System Council:

Material Lost Item Fee Charged
Any item over $30 Retail / List price
Books on tape, Books on CD, Videos, DVDs Retail / List price / $25 to $65
New books, fiction, non-fiction (hardcover) $30
Music CDs $20
Juvenile non-fiction $25
Juvenile fiction,  picture books $20
Easy readers & read-a-longs $20
Trade paberbacks $20
Magazine issues $5.00


Payments for lost Hillsdale items will be held for thirty (30) days. If an item has been located and returned within thirty (30) days a refund less accrued overdue fines will be made available to the patron. The original receipt must be shown. If payment was made by check, the check will be returned and the accrued overdue fine must be paid.

Policy adopted by the Board of Trustees on October 14, 2003.
Policy reviewed and changed on December 9, 2013.

Policy reviewed and affirmed on April 13, 2015.

This policy may be revised at any time.