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Charges & Fees

Fees for Library Materials and Services

As of July 1, 2019, Santa Barbara Public Library is fine free.

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Extended Use Fees & Overdue Fines

Material Category Daily Rate / Maximum
Adult & Children's Books, magazines, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, Mobile Hotspots, and Book Club in a Bag Kits No fine
Reference materials $1.00 / $16.00
Interlibrary Loan materials $2.00 / $24.00 or charges billed by lending institution, whichever is greater
Laptop Computers $2.00 / 15 minutes with no maximum
Please Note: Library accounts with fines or fees over $40.00 due for 30 days will be referred to a materials recovery agency.

Services and Other Fees

B&W Copies & Printouts (up to 11x17") 15¢ / per page
Color Printouts (up to 11x17") 25¢ / per page (where available)
Replacement of Library Card  $2.00
Interlibrary Loan Materials $15.00 / item
Obituary Research $25.00 / name
General Research  $25.00 / 30 minutes (mail & e-mail requests)
USB flash drive $8.00
Headphones $3.00
Collection Agency $10.00 (see Materials Recovery Program for details)

Unreturned or Lost Materials

Material Category Replacement Fee
Juvenile books $30.00
Adult fiction books $30.00
Adult non-fiction books $30.00
Reference books $60.00*
Music CDs $20.00*
Books on CD $50.00*
Periodicals $8.00
DVDs and Blu-rays
Laptop computers $600.00
Wireless Hotspot $150.00
*or cost of entire set if Library is unable to replace individual item.
  •  At 30 days overdue, an item will be considered lost and the full replacement cost set forth per item type will be charged to the account. 
  • At 60 days overdue, a collection agency referral will take place and a ten dollars referral fee ($10.00) will be charged to the library account. 
  • Damaged Materials. A charge may be imposed for library-owned materials commensurate with the damages.
  • To report a Lost or Damaged library item, call 805-962-7653 or your local branch library.
All charges and fees are in accordance with the City of Santa Barbara Resolution No. 19-039.
For more information please contact your local library
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2020
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