News & Events at the Allendale Township Library

The Allendale Township Library is pleased to offer a variety of events and programs to our community.  From storytime for toddlers to programs for seniors, we have something for every age and interest.  And best of all, most programs are FREE!  

Interested in joining a book club?  Join us for a meeting on the second Thursday of each month at 7PM or check out a list of upcoming book selections in our 2020 Adult Book Discussion brochure.

See what we have to offer and register for upcoming programs by visiting our Events Calendar.
 

No More Overdue Fines on Books and Magazines!

Starting January 1st, 2020, the Allendale Township Library will no longer charge overdue fines on Allendale books and magazines!

Why did we eliminate overdue fines on books and magazines?
It is our mission to provide equal access to resources and services to all members of our community. Fines are a barrier to that access and eliminating them opens doors to all in our community to utilize the resources the library offers.
 
Will overdue fines be waived on all materials?
All Allendale-owned books and magazines will no longer have overdue fines.  Movies, audiobooks, video games, and special items (activity kits, Launchpads, gaming systems, etc.) will still be subject to fines, as well as materials that are obtained from other Lakeland libraries.  Please be aware that the library will continue to charge for materials that are damaged beyond repair or never returned.
 
Do I still have to pay a fine that was on my account prior to the Allendale Township Library going fine free?
If you’ve returned all materials, talk to a staff member at the circulation desk and we may be able to waive those fees.
 
What about damaged or lost items?
Accidents happen. Just bring in the damaged item or tell us about the lost book. If the item is damaged, it will be given to a librarian for review. Sometimes we can repair the damage without difficulty. If the item is damaged beyond repair or is lost, your account will be billed for the replacement cost of the item.
 
How will the library get people to return borrowed materials?
When items are 5 days overdue, you will be notified by mail, or email if you have signed up for email notification, or text notification if you’ve signed up with Shoutbomb.  When items are 35 days overdue, they will be considered lost and you will be billed for the replacement cost of the item. When you return the item, that charge will be removed from your account. Please note that if you accrue replacement fees of $40.00 or more, your account will be sent to collections. We will also pass along the $8.95 collection agency fee to you as well.
 

Current Newsletter:

January 2020 Newsletter