WPPL is now fine free!

As of April 4, 2022, over 99% of Perth County Information Network collections (North Perth, Perth East, St. Marys, Stratford and West Perth) will be fine free! In addition, existing late fines on borrower cards have been forgiven.

Borrowers are still encouraged to return their materials on time. Materials will continue to have their regular loan period and will be automatically renewed up to three times, if the item is not on hold. Libraries will continue to send reminders to customers when items are past due. Long overdue items will be billed and starting May 2022, a material recovery service will assist in the retrieval of lost materials

Fine Free

The following items are now fine free:

  • Print books
  • Books on CD
  • Magazines
  • Music CDs
  • DVDs (except the Xpress collection)
  • CNIB/CELA materials
  • Video games

Fines Applied

Fines still apply to:

  • Xpress DVDs
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILLO) materials
  • Book Club Kits
  • Parks Passes

Lending Details

Item Type Loan Period Auto Renew Fine Rate
Print Materials      
Books 21 days Yes no fines
Magazines 7 days Yes no fines
Interloan 21 days No $1 per day
Book Club Kits 42 days No $1 per day
       
AV Materials      
Books on CD 21 days Yes no fines
Music CDs 21 days Yes no fines
DVDs 7 days Yes no fines
Xpress DVDs 2 days No $2 per day
Book and CD kits 21 days Yes no fines
CNIB 21 days Yes no fines
Special Formats      
Park Passes 7 days No $2 per day
 

Auto-Renewal 

With Auto-Renewals, most items on your account will automatically renew 3 days before they are due, as long as they are not on request for another customer. Most physical items borrowed (books, DVDs, audiobooks) are eligible for 3 auto-renewals

Notifications

Customers who are signed up for email notifications will receive a notice 3 days before their items are due indicating which items have been renewed and which have not. The loan period for items that renewed are extended from the original due date. 

You can also check the status of your items at anytime by checking your account on the online catalogue.

Items that do not Auto-Renew

The following items are not eligible for Auto-Renewal

  • items that have reached renewal limit
  • items that another customer has requested to borrow (items on hold) 
  • ILLO items (items borrowed from outside of PCIN)
  • X-press items (2 day DVDs)
  • Downloadable materials (eBooks, eAudio, eMagazines)
  • Book Club kits

Lost and Damaged Materials

If materials cannot be found or are damaged beyond use, customers must pay the replacement cost of the item. Starting Spring 2022, a material recovery service will be assisting in the retrieval of lost materials. Customers have 6 months to return last materials penalty free (for fine free items)

Materials Retrieval Service

Library materials that are not returned after an extended period of time will be presumed lost, and the replacement cost will be charged to your account.

Borrowing privileges are suspended when outstanding charges total $10 or more.

Library accounts with fees of $50 or more may be sent to Unique Management Services (UMS) to retrieve Library materials for others to borrow. UMS is a specialized materials recovery service for libraries. They assist us to retrieve long-overdue items and fines. If your account is referred to UMS, an additional $12.95 service charge will be added to cover the costs associated with referring your account.

What is the Library’s process for handling overdue items, and when would my account be submitted to UMS?

You will receive a phone call or email from the Library informing you that you have overdue items 7 days, 14 days, and 35 days after the due date.**  At 35 days overdue, the outstanding materials and processing fines are billed to your account.

Once items are 42 days overdue, and if fees total $50 or more, your account may be sent to UMS.

**Please note that for special collections—such as wifi hotspots, Express items, community passes and others—the notification timeline is shortened to 2 days, 9 days, and 16 days after the due date. These outstanding materials are billed to your account at 16 days overdue. UMS would receive your account when these items are 23 days overdue.

What is UMS’s process for handling my account?

UMS contacts you through a series of letters and phone calls until library materials are returned or fees are paid in full:

First letter notification - Within 24 hours of UMS receiving your account from the Library

First phone call - 22 days after UMS receives your account (3 weeks after first letter notification)

Second letter notification - 43 days after UMS receives your account (3 weeks after first phone call)

Second phone call - 64 days after UMS receives your account (3 weeks after second letter notification)

Third letter notification - 85 days after UMS receives your account (3 weeks after second phone call). This is your final communication from UMS.

Credit reporting - 115 days after UMS receives your account (30 days after final letter)

How can I avoid lost item fines accumulating on my account?

West Perth Public Library has many ways for you to keep up-to-date with your account. Here are a few options:

  • Renewal in person at the service desk
  • Renewal by phone (519-348-9234) · Renewal by email. Simply send a message to askwppl@pcin.on.ca and we’ll renew your items for you. Be sure to include your name, library card number if possible, and the items you would like renewed.
  • Renewal by logging on to your account. Simply log onto your account online (www.wppl.bibliocommons.com/user) using your full library card number or username as your login, and the last four numbers of your telephone as your PIN. From there, you can renew items, reserve items, and much more. If you have borrowed more than one item, be sure that you click renew on all of them, and not just one. If you have any problems with your account online, give us a call: 519-348-9234

If you ever have questions or concerns at any time about your account, please don’t hesitate to contact the Library to speak with a staff member. We are here to assist you in any way we can.