Extended Use Fees

Extended use fees are charged when items are returned after the due date. Fees are charged for each late day including weekends. (These rates are effective as of June 1, 2016.) After incurring $15 of fees, your borrowing privileges will be suspended.

Type of Material Extended Use Fees
Adult materials  $  .25 per item, per day
Materials for pre-registered senior citizens  $  .10 per item, per day
Children's materials  $  .10 per item, per day
Videos/DVDs/Computer Games - Children (Single DVD)  $1.00 per item, per day
Video/DVDs/Computer Games - Adults (Single DVD)  $1.00 per item, per day
Video/DVDs/Computer Games - Seniors (Single DVD)  $1.00 per item, per day
Videos/DVDs/Computer Games - Multiple disks set   $2.00 per item, per day
Tablets and mobile hot spots  $3.00 per item, per day


Other Items  Fees
Collection agency service fee $6.00
Lost CD or cassette case $1.00
Lost library card replacement fee $2.00
Lost video/DVD case $2.00
Lost/damaged materials processing, per item $8.00
Missing item label $1.00
Requested item not picked up $0.25
Non-N.Y.S. resident library card: one year $50.00
Returned check fee $25.00


Reading Down Your Fines Program

Queens Library’s mission is to promote reading and to support the development of our children and youth. The Read Down Your Fees program is intended to help children and young adults reduce their outstanding fees so they can continue to use their library card without interruption. The Read Down Your Fees Program also encourages and promotes reading among our young people. There is no limit on how long you can read and no restrictions on what you can read. Customers up to the age of 21 can participate in this program. Young adults may also read to or with younger children and both of you can get credit for the time.

Earning Library Bucks

  • Sign up at the Customer Service Desk of any Queens Library.
  • For every ½ hour that you read you will earn a $1 voucher (Library Buck).
  • Bring your Library Bucks to the circulation desk before the closing to get credit towards your fines and fees.