Returning Items and Lost Item Policy

Materials checked out may be returned to any library branch in St. Mary’s County or in the tri-county area (Calvert and Charles). Materials returned to public libraries in these three counties will be immediately checked in; thus, the customer will not incur fines if the items reach the home branch after the due date.

All St. Mary’s County Library branches have a 24/7 Return Slot. Materials in these bins at the start of the library business day will be considered returned by the previous day.

Materials returned to library branches outside the Southern Maryland tri‐county area will accrue fines until they are checked in at the home branch.

It shall be the policy of the St. Mary’s County Library to accept as payment for lost or damaged item cash equal to the replacement value of the item as identified in the catalog record, or the identical item in new condition PLUS a $5 processing fee for each item. No substitutes will be

Should a patron return an item that has been recorded “lost and paid,” the policy of the St. Mary’s County Library shall be to issue a refund upon presentation of the original receipt. All requests for refunds must occur within three (3) months of payment. The refund shall be the amount
paid by the customer for the lost item. They will not be reimbursed the $5 processing fee.