Wichita Library Seeking $3.2 Million In Overdue Fees

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Wichita Public Library is looking for users who have left $3.2 million in unpaid library fees over the past quarter century.

"Those fees really reflect materials that are no longer available for other customers to use. So, our goal is always to get material back," said Cynthia Berner Harris, director of libraries for Wichita Public Library.

For the last three years, the library has seen $780,298.06 in outstanding fees that remain unpaid. For 25 years, the running total is $3,239,937.22.

"It would be useful not only for the library, it would be useful for the City at a time when budgets are difficult," said Berner Harris.

User privileges are suspended when outstanding fees are in excess of $2. Accounts of $10 or more that are 30 days past due may be subject to collection. Accounts of $25 or more that are past due may be subject to credit reporting.

"The record keeping system of the library is definitely a positive, functioning process," said Connie Pace-Adair, who was paying her late fees.

Later this year, the Library plans to use the State of Kansas Setoff Program to help collect outstanding balances through tax returns. This is expected to generate around $15,000.

"We've done a lot of other things and we have received some recovery through that. We're still not at the level we'd like to be, so this is just another one of several things that we will be doing to get that revenue back," said Berner Harris.

For more information on fees and payments, click here.

To access the library's borrower's guide, click here.

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