Fines is an optional module which integrates with the standard Heritage Circulation menu.
Fines enables library staff to automatically charge for overdue items, maintaining an ‘account’ for each borrower. Different fine rates can be set for types of borrowers and/or items. It is possible to exclude entire borrower or item categories from fines altogether if necessary. Fines can be set by the minute or hour, as well as by day, and overnight fines can be applied to items that should have been returned to the library before closing.
Each borrower’s account can be checked easily at the issue desk, where full or part-payment of the fine can then be undertaken. Library staff can record the payment method and any notes regarding the transaction (e.g. reasons for a fine waiver). Borrowers can check their outstanding fines from the Reader Information Screen.
Certain controls can be introduced, whereby borrowers with outstanding fines over a certain amount can be automatically barred from reserving and/or borrowing items until the fine amount is paid off below the level specified by library staff. Maximum fine limits can be set both by borrower and item category, with an optional late payment penalty if borrowers still don't pay up!