West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Education (Refs & Annos)
Division IV. Other Education Provisions [Titles 21-End] (Refs & Annos)
Title 23. Libraries (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 4. County Public Libraries (Refs & Annos)
Effective: March 14, 2021
MD Code, Education, § 23-409
§ 23-409. Fines for overdue library materials of a minor
(a)(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) “Fee” means an amount charged by a public library to an individual for the replacement of library materials that have not been returned.
(3) “Fine for overdue library materials” includes any fine charged by a public library to an individual for not returning library materials by the due date.
(4) “Special collections” includes items such as cake pans, tools, and frame art.
(b) This section does not apply to special collections.
(c)(1) A public library may not charge a fine for overdue library materials on a minor's library materials.
(2)(i) A public library may not charge a fee for a minor's overdue library materials until 21 days after the date on which the library materials were due.
(ii) If a minor's overdue library materials are returned after a public library has charged a fee, the public library shall cancel the fee.
(d) A public library may not attempt to collect any outstanding fees for overdue library materials that are incurred by a minor after June 30, 2021.
(e) Each board of library trustees shall adopt regulations to carry out this section.
Added by Acts 2021, c. 6, § 1, eff. March 13, 2021; Acts 2021, c. 27, § 1, eff. March 14, 2021.
Current with legislation effective through June 1, 2023, from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.