Okay, so back in 2004 I checked out a book from my local public library. I read it and forgot about it and it became overdue. To cut it short, the book is still overdue. However, for some reason, the book is cataloged in the library's system as "Lost" rather instead of "Overdue", so rather than having to pay a daily-accumulating late fee, I instead have to pay a lost fee of $18.95, which is the cost of the book.

Now I don't really want the book, and it is in great condition, the same condition it was in when I checked it out. I want to return the book, but I also want to minimize the cost to me. So my question to you who are librarians or who have been librarians is what is likely to happen if I return the book?

Will they say that I don't have to pay the Lost fee since I'm returning the book and therefore it's not really lost, or will they say, oh, since it's not lost, it's overdue and now you have to pay $50 (for example) instead of $18.95, or will they say, great, thanks for returning the book, but you still have to pay the lost fee?

Because if I have to pay the lost fee even though I'm returning the book, maybe I won't return the book and just pay the lost fee. If I'm going to have to pay an Overdue fee instead, I'm definitely just going to keep the book. Now I know the moral or "right" thing to do would be to just turn myself in and let them do to me what they will, but I'm not interested in that, if I can be quite candid about it.

So to those in the know, if this happened at the library you work or worked at, what would happen?

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It's also possible that the overdue fines cannot exceed the replacemenmt value of the book.
"Now I know the moral or "right" thing to do would be to just turn myself in and let them do to me what they will, but I'm not interested in that."

It's not a big, fat Russian novel, is it?
It depends of the policy of the library. If you are too embarrassed., you can pop it into the outside drop; however, unless the book has been replaced, it will already have dropped out of the system. The library can re-enter the barcode, and the book will be active again. Most libraries have a max amount if you return items that are no longner in the data base. I think, Woodburn Library (Oregon) was $5.00. I still have a paperback that I borrowed from a student in one of my English classes way back in the 1970s, so even librarians and teachers are not perfect. I have dumped a full coffee cup or two on books in my time but have always replaced with another like copy (purchased on the Net). I even dropped a book in the washing machine once but hastily retrieved it in time to use a half roll of white paper towels to mop up the water. I placed the book under a whole stack of big books as I do not have a book press.
We forgive all, but charge something like five bucks for giving us a headache.
I don't work at a library, but i have returned many an overdue book that was listed as "lost" at the Kansas City Public Library. (I once had over 75 dollars in accumulated fees, and my picture almost made the city's Most Wanted List). But if you return the book, they really can't charge you any overdue fee exceeding the books value. Otherwise, they know you'd simply keep the book and pay the lost fee.
Based on my own, they'll charge you a few bucks, and be glad to get the book back. But if you really want to know, just ask them.
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