How much are overdue or lost book fines and fees?


  • Overdue fine: $.25 per item per day on most items
  • Maximum fine per item returned: $6.00
  • Charge for item lost or damaged beyond use: replacement cost

Short loan and research books

  • Short loan and research books per item per day: $.50
  • Maximum fine short loan and research per item: $16.00

Items from other library systems

  • Items borrowed from other library systems per item per day: $.50
  • Maximum fine per item borrowed from other systems: $40.00

Payment of fines

  • We recommend you pay your fines by cash or personal check in person at the customer service desk
  • If you would rather mail your check:
    • Please call your library location to get information regarding sending the correct amount to the correct location.
    • If you have verified your amount, you may send a check payable to "Ventura County Library"
      to P.O. Box 771 Ventura, CA 93002.
      Important! Please remember to enter your library card number in the memo line.
  • Ventura County Library is working with the County of Ventura to provide a future, online pay option.
    Thank you for your patience!

Please note:

  • You will not be able to check out items if you have fines or charges of $40.00 or more
  • Delinquent accounts may be referred to a collection agency
  • Collection Agency referral fee: $10.00 per referral