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The purpose of this policy is to communicate the fees and fines that Hennepin County Library is authorized to collect.

Fee and Fines Rate
Overdue, long overdue and lost library material
Fines for overdue teen, children's and easy material $0.05/calendar day
Maximum fine charged/item (20 days overdue) $1.00/item
Fines for overdue adult and all other material $0.30/calendar day
Maximum fine charged/item (20 days overdue) $6.00/item
Fees for long overdue or lost library material (based on average cost for the type of material)
Group 1: includes board books; comics; magazines; newspapers; vertical file material; maps; slides; children's paperbacks $5.00/item
Group 2: includes mass market paperbacks; phono discs; children's fiction books; easy readers; easy mixed media; adult readers; AV set returned incomplete (missing cassette or disc) A complete set or 3 or more missing cassettes or discs from the set will be charged at the full rate. $10.00/item
Group 3: includes music CDs; easy and teen fiction and nonfiction books; children's and easy videotapes; adult and children's music phonotapes $15.00/item
Group 4: includes adult fiction books; children's nonfiction books; adult and teen videotapes; children's mixed media; children's and easy DVDs, audiobooks on tape, and music CD boxed sets $20.00/item
Group 5: includes adult nonfiction books; large print books; teen audiobooks on tape; adult and teen DVDs; children's and easy audiobooks on CD; adult and teen music CD boxed sets; software; CD-ROMs $25.00/item
Group 6: includes adult and teen audiobooks on CD; adult mixed media; adult audiobooks on cassette tape $50.00/item
Group 7: includes laptop computer; power check energy meter List price (default $100)
Library Cards
Replacement library card $1.00
Non-Minnesota resident library card $60.00/annual
Interlibrary Loan
Fee charged to institutions outside of the 4-state (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin) region wishing to borrow Hennepin County Library material. $15.00 per item loaned and invoiced; $5.00 per item via ILL Fee Management
Fee charged to institutions outside of the 4-state region for photocopy service. $10.00 for up to the first 20 pages plus $0.10/page over 20
Fines for all overdue interlibrary loan material $0.30/calendar day
Maximum fine charged/item (20 days overdue) $6.00/item
Hennepin County Library patrons are not charged to obtain material through interlibrary loan unless the lending institution requires prepayment. Patrons are responsible for prepayment fees
Self-Service Copiers and Other Services
Photocopies and computer printouts (black and white) $0.10 per page
Photocopies and computer printouts (color) $0.50 per page
Paper copies from microform $0.25 per page
Document faxing services $0.75 per page
CD/DVD (blank recordable) and computer diskettes $1.00 each
Other portable data storage and listening devices Cost recovery
Makerspace printing (pilot) Cost recovery
Poster reprints (service is provided by contract vendor to library patrons)
Meeting Rooms and Facilities
Pending room availability, fees may be waived for tax-supported organizations, the Hennepin County Library Board, the Friends of Hennepin County Library, and local Hennepin County Library friends groups. These groups may be relocated to alternate locations if fee-paying bookings intervene. Non-profit organizations receive a 20% discount on space reservation fees.
Reserving Space (during building operating hours)
Community libraries no charge
Brookdale, Ridgedale, Southdale no charge
Minneapolis Central Library
10 study, club and reading roomsno charge
Doty Board Room$600/booking event
Pohlad Hall$800/booking event
RKMC Meeting Room$350/booking event
Best Buy Learning Lab$200/booking event
Library Atriumnot available
Reserving Space (after building operating hours)
Community librariesnot available
Brookdale, Ridgedale, Southdalenot available
Minneapolis Central Library
10 study, club and reading roomsnot available
Doty Board Room$750/booking event
Pohlad Hall$950/booking event
RKMC Meeting Room$450/booking event
Best Buy Learning Labnot available
Library Atrium$1,800/booking event
Room Set-Up and Take-Down Service
Community librariesnot available
Brookdale, Ridgedale, Southdale$25.00/booking event
Minneapolis Central Library
10 study, club and reading roomsnot available
Doty Board Roomincluded in reservation fee
Pohlad Hallincluded in reservation fee
RKMC Meeting Roomincluded in reservation fee
Best Buy Learning Labincluded in reservation fee
Library Atriumincluded in reservation fee
Audio-Visual Equipment (pending availability)
Microphone and projection screenno charge
Overhead projector$10.00/booking event
Monitor$10.00/booking event
Video projection$10.00/booking event
Audio-taping equipment$10.00/booking event
Custodial Services (cleaning beyond normal) $20.00/hour (one hour min.)


This administrative policy is reviewed every year by the Library Director (or designee) in conjunction with the annual budget process. The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, subsequent to the required public hearing, bears the responsibility of approving any changes to this schedule.

Policy History

Date Adopted: 10/22/2008
Next Review Date: 01/2015
Reviewed/Revised Date: 06/26/2014