Lost and Damaged Books

Lost and Damaged Books

Accidents with books happen. If you have a damaged book, please bring it back to the library so Mrs. Jurgens can replace it. Our district-wide procedure is to charge the full replacement cost of lost items and damaged items, when the damage affects the readability or overall aesthetics of the book. This mostly occurs when liquid spills on a book (usually in a backpack) or a pet chews on it.

Replacement Cost

Library books are not the same as the books that you find in a bookstore or on Amazon.com. Those are “trade books”.  We purchase “library books” that have special library bindings that can withstand the wear and tear of multiple users. We buy these from vendors who specifically sell books with these bindings to libraries.   If a book is lost or damaged, please contact Mrs. Jurgens to find out the replacement cost of the book. This replacement cost of a library book will most likely be more than the cost of the book at a bookstore for the above reasons. Please do not order a new book. Mrs. Jurgens appreciates the effort, but will order a new one from a library vendor.

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