Fees & Payments


Unpaid fees of more than $9.99 or any item more than 15 days overdue will suspend your borrowing privileges. Our staff would be glad to set up payment arrangements. Contact your local library for more information.

Overdue Fines

As of August 23, 2022, we no longer charge daily overdue fines. All previously outstanding overdue fines have been waived.

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Lost Items & Processing Fees

If an item is not returned within 30 days of the date it was due, the item is automatically declared lost and the borrower is charged for the price of the item. A $7 processing fee for Wichita Public Library materials will be charged to offset costs related to item replacement. For lost interlibrary loan materials, a $25 processing fee will be charged to offset fees assessed by lending libraries.

Replacing a lost library card costs $2.


Payments may be made in person or through the mail with cash, cashier's check, check, or money order. Credit card payments with a valid MasterCard or Visa card are accepted in person and online for balances of $2 or more.

Unpaid Fees

Accounts with balances exceeding $9.99 that are left unpaid may be submitted to a collection agency. Wichita Public Library uses Unique Management to assist in the retrieval of long overdue material and in the collection of unpaid fines and fees.

Accounts submitted to Unique will be assessed a collection agency fee: $3.25 for balances between $10-$24.99 and $9.85 for balances of $25 or more.

Accounts of adult customers with fees of $25 or more that have been turned over to the collection agency and are not in bankruptcy may be submitted to the Kansas State Set-off Program for collection.


Based on the amount of time between a refund and the original payment, refunds will be applied as a credit back to a credit card account, paid in cash by the Library or paid via check from the City Treasurer. Checks are mailed by the City Treasurer's office within two weeks of the refund request.

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