Lost & Damaged Materials

The Borrower is responsible for lost materials or equipment. Borrowers returning lost materials in good condition within 4 weeks after paying the replacement cost may receive a refund minus the maximum fine.

Damage to materials is assessed by a member of the Library staff and billed to the Borrower’s account. Borrowers may pay for the material with cash at the Circulation Desk at any RCCC Library. The Library does not accept materials in lieu of lost or damaged material.

The Circulation Desk cannot accept checks, credit, or debit cards. If charges have been sent to Student Accounts, then the Business Office will accept cash, checks, credit or debit.

Grades, transcripts, and graduation for RCCC students may be delayed until all Library materials are returned and all Library fines have been paid in full. Unpaid fines or fees will be sent to Student Accounts for collection.

Materials Replacement Cost
Books, paperbacks, cassettes, CDs, records, slides, DVDs & videos, books on CD/cassette, magazines, maps, pamphlets $75.00
ILL Books through CCLINC or OCLC Lending Library’s discretion
Reserve Materials Library owned – $50.00 /
Faculty owned – Faculty’s discretion
Laptops (In-Library use only) $2,000.00
E-reader (Kindle) $400.00 (charger & adapter $45.00, cover $60.00)
E-reader (iPad) $600.00 (charger & adapter $60.00, cover $100.00)
Calculators (In-Library use only) $100.00
Headphones (In-Library use only) $8.00

Mutilation & Theft of Library Materials

Mutilation and theft of Library materials are serious matters. Sanctions and criminal liability are outlined in N.C. General Statute 14-398,

§ 14 398. Theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums, etc. Any person who shall steal or unlawfully take or detain, or willfully or maliciously or wantonly write upon, cut, tear, deface, disfigure, soil, obliterate, break or destroy, or who shall sell or buy or receive, knowing the same to have been stolen, any book, document, newspaper, periodical, map, chart, picture, portrait, engraving, statue, coin, medal, apparatus, specimen, or other work of literature or object of art or curiosity deposited in a public library, gallery, museum, collection, fair or exhibition, or in any department or office of State or local government, or in a library, gallery, museum, collection, or exhibition, belonging to any incorporated college or university, or any incorporated institution devoted to educational, scientific, literary, artistic, historical or charitable purposes, shall, if the value of the property stolen, detained, sold, bought or received knowing same to have been stolen, or if the damage done by writing upon, cutting, tearing, defacing, disfiguring, soiling, obliterating, breaking or destroying any such property, shall not exceed fifty dollars ($50.00), be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. If the value of the property stolen, detained, sold or received knowing same to have been stolen, or the amount of damage done in any of the ways or manners hereinabove set out, shall exceed the sum of fifty dollars ($50.00), the person committing same shall be punished as a Class H felon. (1935, c. 300; 1943, c. 543; 1979, c. 760, s. 5; 1979, 2nd Sess., c. 1316, s. 47; 1981, c. 63, s. 1, c. 179, s. 14; 1993, c. 539, s. 265; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24, s. 14(c).)

The Library involves Campus Security for suspected violation of mutilation and theft of any library property.

If a Community Borrower is suspected of mutilation and/or theft of library materials, Library staff will call Campus Security and the suspected offender will be banned from the Library.