By Cecilia Chan
Glendale library patrons may soon find it cheaper to return an overdue DVD or rent out a meeting room.
Norris Design Group has come up with proposed fee adjustments for the city’s three libraries. The proposal will go to the City Council for approval at a date not yet set.
“It’s been seven years since the last time the library had its fines and fees reviewed,” said Michael Beck, chief librarian. “Although there are 21 different fees, 16 were considered to have some reduction or elimination.”
The Library Advisory Board approved the recommendations at its Feb. 8 meeting.
The consultant looked at fees charged at libraries in surrounding communities in devising the proposed adjustments.
Fee changes include the following:
•Color printing fees drops to 50 cents from $1
•Overdue DVD fee drops to 50 cents a day from $1 a day
•Unclaimed holds fee is eliminated
•Reduce fee of using collections agency to $15 from $30
•Non-resident library card fee reduced to $40 a year from $60 a year. (Borrowers outside of Maricopa County)
•All library meeting rooms would have a minimum rental time of two hours
•Fee for small meeting rooms reduced to $10 an hour from $14 an hour
•Fee for medium meeting rooms reduced to $20 an hour from $26-$45 an hour
•Fee for large meeting rooms reduced to $140 an hour from $151 an hour
The consultant also recommends a new rental fee of $175 an hour for the library meeting room wing.
If the city moves forward with the adjusted fees, the estimated financial impact would be a loss of $39,000 for fiscal year 2017-18. But, the net effect is not expected to negatively affect the five-year financial forecast for the library, according to a staff report.
The library is projected to see revenue growth in areas such as book sales, library services and meeting room rental.
Glendale library currently has 44 full-time employees and 20 temporary, contractual employees. For the 2015-16 fiscal year, the library logged 131,141 patrons.
The library study is part of a larger study of the city’s Parks and Recreation facilities.