Pay Library Fines Online
We’ve all done it: forgotten a due date or misplaced a Library item leading to library fines. Fortunately, Baldwin Public Library believes in reasonable loan periods and overdue fines. See below for standard loan periods and our fine structure, including daily and maximum fees.
The following are loan periods of the many items you can check out from Baldwin Library, along with their daily overdue fine and maximum overdue fine.
Note that lost items incur a charge for the full replacement cost and a processing fee.
|Item Type||Loan Period||Daily Overdue||Renewal allowed?+|
|Hot Picks Books*||2 weeks||$0.20||No|
|Hot Picks DVDs & BluRays*||2 days||$1.00||No|
|Feature, Classic, and World DVDs, BluRays, & 4KBlu-Rays||1 week||$1.00||Yes|
|Video Games*||1 week||$1.00||Yes|
|Youth Holiday DVDs||1 week||$1.00||Yes|
|Battle and Birbery Books & Audiobooks||1 week||$0.20||Yes|
|TV Series DVDs, BluRays, & 4KBlu-Rays||2 weeks||$1.00||Yes|
|Nonfeature and Exercise DVDs, Blu-Rays, & 4KBlu-Rays||3 weeks||$0.20||Yes|
|Youth Series DVDs||3 weeks||$0.20||Yes|
|Music CDs||3 weeks||$0.20||Yes|
|Youth Magazines||3 weeks||$0.20||Yes|
|Youth Holiday Books||1 week||$0.20||No|
|Book Club Books||5 weeks||$0.20||Yes|
|Mel & Interlibrary Loan||Varies||$0.20||Varies|
*Hot Picks items and Video Games are free for Baldwin cardholders; they cost $2.00 for non-Baldwin cardholders.
+Most eligible items may have four renewals.
Patrons with fines and fees totaling $10.00 or greater will have their library privileges suspended. Please note that lost/damaged items incur a charge for both the full replacement cost and a processing fee.
To make a payment:
- Pay online using the link above. A link is also provided when you log into your account to see the amount owed.
- Pay by check, cashier’s check, or money order made out to “Baldwin Public Library”. You may give the check to the Circulation Desk or mail it to the Library:
Baldwin Public Library 300 W. Merrill Birmingham, MI 48009
At this time (4/15/21), cash payments and in-person credit card payments are not able to be processed. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to restoring this capability soon.
If you have questions about fines and/or fees on your account, please call the Circulation Desk at 248-554-4630.
Lost/damaged Items and Replacement fees
Patrons are responsible for returning all library materials by their due dates and in the same condition as they were in when borrowed. If a patron does not return a library item, or returns it in such condition that the item must be replaced, the patron will be billed for the cost of replacing the item plus a processing fee.
The Baldwin Public Library reserves the right to assess and declare the condition of all returned library materials. Depending on the extent of damage, partial or full replacement cost of the item may be billed to the patron. Highlighting, marking, staining, and damage by liquids are all examples of billable damage. Missing parts or discs will also result in partial or full replacement cost being billed.
Baldwin does not base its replacement policy on the age or condition of the item. We do not accept replacement copies of materials in place of payment.
Should you find a lost Baldwin item within 30 days of your payment, return it directly to the Circulation Desk. You will be refunded the replacement cost less any applicable overdue fines. The processing fee is non-refundable.
Patrons with bills totaling $10.00 or greater will have their library privileges suspended until payment is received.
Patrons with bills totaling $50.00 or greater and at least one lost item billed may be referred to a collection agency.
Please note that the cost to replace an item obtained through MeL or Interlibrary Loan is determined by the lending library, not by Baldwin, and may be substantial. Payment must be made in the form of a check or money order made out to the lending library.
If you find an item on your account that you are certain you returned, please call Circulation at 248-554-4630, or visit the Circulation Desk upon your next visit. We will initiate a “claims returned search” for the item; during the next month, our staff will search our shelves to try and locate the item. Before contacting the library, please double-check your home and car, paying close attention beneath furniture and car seats.
Free Parking in Chester Street Deck through June 30
Metered street parking around Library
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300 W. Merrill St.
Birmingham, MI 48009
Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
May 29 - 31, 2021: Memorial Day Weekend