Fine Free FAQ

PMRLS is now Fine FreePine Mountain Regional Library System (PMRLS) removed late fees for books, audiobooks, DVDs and Blu-Rays owned by PMRLS on June 1, 2024.

Although the library is considered “fine free,” not all library fines and fees are going away.

Details:

What items are "Fine Free"?

Books, audiobooks, DVDs and Blu-Rays that are owned by one of our seven locations in Meriwether, Talbot, Taylor or Upson County.


What items are not "Fine Free"?

State passes and technology items, such as Launchpads or Chromebooks, are still subject to fines. Materials owned by any library system that is not Fine Free may accrue fines. When you borrow an item through PINES, it may accrue fines if it becomes overdue. Your checkout receipt will let you know what items are subject to fines.


What is PINES?

PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services), a program of the Georgia Public Library Service, connects more than 300 public libraries throughout Georgia and provides access to more than 11 million books and materials.

Patrons at PMRLS branches can place holds on materials owned by other PINES libraries and then pick up those items at their home branch.


Will you still charge for other things?

PMRLS will still be charging fees for services, such as printing, faxing and Notary. A list of available services can be found here.


Will I be charged if I lose or damage an item?

Any item that is not returned 45 days after the due date will be considered lost and billed to your account, and a processing fee will be charged. If you find the item and it's still in good condition, the lost materials fine will be removed. However, the processing fee is non-refundable and may remain on the account.


What other libraries have gone Fine Free?

A map can be found on Georgia Public Library Service's website. Click here to view it.


How do I know when my item is due?

Items have different checkout times, depending upon the type of material it is.

A patron must present a card in good standing to borrow materials. A patron’s card will be blocked, and no services may be obtained with it if the patron has 10 or more overdue items, or owes $10 or more in unpaid fines and/or fees. Delinquent borrowers who have not reached these limits may still borrow materials; the system operator will be notified that the patron is delinquent.

In most cases, a maximum of 50 items may be charged simultaneously on a PINES card. Due to popular demand, there is a limit on how many DVDs or videos that you may check out at one time. This number varies at PINES locations.

Books and audiobooks may be renewed twice for 14 days, if there are no reserves on them. Renewals can be done in person, by phone, on the PINES app, or online. DVDs, Launchpads, Family Fun Passes (also called State Passes), and Chromebooks cannot be renewed.

Material Loan Period Item Limit Number of renewals
Books 14 days 50 2
Movies 7 days 15 0
Magazines (back issues) 14 days 50 2
Chromebooks 7 days 1 0
Audiobooks 14 days 50 2
Launchpad 7 days 1 0