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Please return library items

More than one million items a year are borrowed from Lake Agassiz Regional Library (LARL). Most are returned on time. The Library has always charged fines for materials not returned.

LARL has contracted with Unique Management to get books and other materials back and fines collected.

Unique Management works with over 1,400 libraries nationwide to recover overdue material and collect fines.

Their services are aimed at the small percentage of borrowers who don't respond to their overdue notices.

LARL's Material Recovery Program will go into effect Jan. 1.

Here's how LARL's Material Recovery Program works:

When items are:

• 7 days and 14 days past due, LARL notifies the borrower by e-mail, phone or paper notice.

This is the time to search under the bed, in the trunk of the car, at the bottom of the book bag for missing items -- and return them to the Library. Books, DVDs, CDs and other materials can be returned to any one of LARL's branches or LINK Sites.

This is also the time to visit the Library if you cannot find an item. Library staff are very willing to work with customers to settle their overdue accounts in ways that meet the customer's ability and time frame to pay.

• 60 days past due, LARL forwards the account to Unique Management.

A service charge is added to the account in addition to overdue fines.

Unique Management sends the borrower three letters and follows up with two telephone calls.

• 190 days past due, Unique Management reports the overdue account to a national credit bureau that may affect the customer's credit rating for up to seven years.

LARL's Material Recovery Program will benefit all library users by putting items back on the shelves for everyone to borrow.

Bring your overdue library material back to the library with a non-perishable food item and we'll erase your late fee this holiday season.

Lake Agassiz Regional Library will accept "Food for Fines" throughout November and December at all of its 23 locations.

Any donation of unexpired, non-perishable food is welcomed.

One non-perishable food item equals $2 fine waived, but it is not valid for lost items or replacement charges.

LARL serves the residents of Becker, Clay, Clearwater, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk and Wilkin counties, with branch libraries in Ada, Bagley, Barnesville, Breckenridge, Climax, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, Fertile, Fosston, Hawley, Mahnomen, McIntosh and Moorhead and LINK sites in Cormorant, Frazee, Gonvick, Halstad, Hendrum, Lake Park, Rothsay, Shelly, Twin Valley and Ulen. More information about LARL services and programs at