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Charges & Fees

As of July 1, 2019, Santa Barbara Public Library is fine free (news post).

Preguntas sobre la nueva Política Libre de Multas.


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 Borrowed from Other Institutions $15.00 / item (fees from the lending institutions may also apply)
Interlibrary Loan Materials Sent to Other Institutions $15.00 / item or photocopy (to libraries outside of the Black Gold Cooperative)
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
$20.00*
Laptop Computers $850.00
Laptop Accessories  $50.00
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 as determined by the Library director or the Director's designee. If replacement of the item is required, lost materials fees will apply. 
  • 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. 20-047


To Pay Charges or Fees Anytime

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2021
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