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Due Dates & Lost Items

Borrow More, Worry Less


As of Sept. 1, 2021 Mead Library cardholders will not be charged fines for overdue items. By making the change, Mead will be joining a growing list of libraries throughout Wisconsin and the nation that have eliminated late fines.

*Cardholders will still be billed for lost and damaged items. Accounts are temporarily blocked once items are two weeks overdue. 

Why eliminate late fees?

Studies show that late fines do not impact return rates. Instead, fines remove access to the library from people who benefit the most from our services, such as low-income residents and seniors on fixed incomes. Ensuring access for all is essential to what we do, and it goes against our mission to continue a model that ultimately turns away our most vulnerable community members.  

Will late fines still apply to items requested from other libraries?

No. Mead cardholders will not be charged fines for overdue items, regardless of where the item originates. If you physically pick up your book from another library and a late fee shows up on your account (which may happen in some scenarios), we will waive it.

What about late fines I currently owe?

Late fines will be eliminated retroactively for all Mead cardholders, regardless of where the late items were from.

Due Dates


Materials can be returned 24/7 using our outdoor book drops or inside using our automated book return. For your convenience you may return materials to other public libraries in Dodge, Ozaukee, Sheboygan and Washington counties or to the bookmobile. You may also return materials to most public and university libraries elsewhere in Wisconsin for transport to Mead via the state library delivery service. However, it may take a week or more for materials to reach us via the state delivery service and the due dates still apply.

There is a fee charged for returns of mismatched or incomplete items, for example, audiobooks missing one CD or toys that are missing parts.

Adult Materials

  • Books and Audiobooks - 14 days (new) / 28 days (old)
  • DVDs/Blu-ray - 7 days (new) / 14 days (old)
  • Video Games - 28 days
  • CDs - 14 days
  • Experience Passes - 7 days
  • Ukuleles - 28 days 
  • Encyclopedias - 28 days
  • Magazines - 14 days

Kids Materials

  • DVDs/Blu-ray - 7 days (new) / 14 days (old)
  • Video Games - 28 days
  • CDs - 14 days
  • Toys - 7 days
  • Book & CD - 28 days
  • Experience Passes - 7 days
  • Encyclopedias - 28 days
  • Magazines - 14 days

Lost/Damaged Materials

When you apply for a library card you accept responsibility for returning borrowed materials on time and in the same condition in which you received them.

If you lose an item you will be billed for the cost of the item at the time it was purchased by the library. Materials overdue by two weeks are considered lost. If you find a lost item within 6 months of paying for it, the cost of the book will be reimbursed.

If you damage an item so seriously that it can no longer be used you will be billed for the price of the item at the time it was purchased by the library. Less serious damage will be billed according to a standard list of charges.

You must pay charges for lost and damaged materials before you can check out other materials.