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Library Fees
Charges for Library Usage
There is no charge for all people who live in the 78266 and 78132 zip codes.  If people have children in Garden Ridge Elementary School, they may join from another zip code.   Also members of the Garden Ridge Women's Club, employees of the City of Garden Ridge, and faculty members of GRES are welcome to join without paying yearly dues.  If someone lives outside those zip codes, there is a $25 yearly fee to join.  People who have previously joined from outside and are in good standing will be "grandfathered" in and will not be charged.

Overdue Books, Lost/Damaged Items

 

Overdue Materials

The library charges $0.25 per item per day for all overdue items.  There is a 7-day grace period in which no fine is charged if the item is returned during that grace period, but if the item is returned on the 8th day or later, the overdue fines are retroactive to the day the item was due.  Fines need to be paid in cash or check.

A book drop is available for after-hours return of materials. Items which are in the box by 10 am on the due date are not considered overdue. 

Our new automation system is a very positive addition to the library.  It will allow us to send you an e-mail three days before the due date and again, on the due date itself.  That way you won’t have any late fees.  Be sure that we have your e-mail address.

Damaged Materials

You are responsible for reimbursement to the library for any items damaged beyond repair while checked out on your card.  The library charges the cost of the damaged item plus a $5.00 processing fee.  IF A BOOK IS DAMAGED, CALL IT TO THE LIBRARIAN’S ATTENTION – DO NOT CHECK IT OUT. 

Lost Materials

You are responsible for reimbursement to the library for any items lost while checked out on your card.  The library charges the cost of the lost item plus a $5.00 processing fee.  The processing fee is charged to recover part of the cost of reordering and processing a replacement copy and is independent of the original cost of the lost item.  Failure to return library items is considered theft by the library and the Garden Ridge Police Department.