Rochester library brings in collection agency to go after overdue book fines
ROCHESTER — If you owe overdue book fines to the Rochester Library, you may be hearing from a collection agency.
Fosters Daily Democrat reported over 600 of the library's 8,500 active patrons have accrued large fines for overdue books. Library Director Brian Sylvester said 382 patrons owe $25 or more and 287 owe $50 of more.
The director plans to ask the City Council to hire a collection agency to go after patrons who owe substantial amounts to help the library's budget.
Sylvester told Foster's books are rented out for three weeks at a time and movies and magazines for one week at a time, with an overdue charge of 20 cents a day for all items. The maximum fine an item can accrue is $5, after which the patron is charged with replacing the cost of the book. Interlibrary loans have no maximum fee charge.
Sylvester said library staff usually tries to contact a patron two or three times when an item is overdue and that several large libraries, such as Manchester and Derry, partner with collection agencies.