Fines and charges

If you have questions, please contact us by phone, chat, email or text.

About fines and charges

Kids and teens (ages 0-17): No late fines on any items.

Adults (age 18 and over): On children’s and young adult items, no late fines. On adult items, 25 cents per day per late item (up to $10 per item).

There is a replacement fee for any item (children’s, young adult or adult) not returned for more than seven weeks (49 days) past the due date.

There may be a charge for any item not returned in good condition. Please talk to a library staff member if an item was damaged accidentally.

There are charges for some library services, such as interlibrary loan and hold delivery by mail.

Please pay fines and charges promptly. We may turn adult accounts with unpaid late fines and charges over to a collection agency.

Pay fines and charges

Log in to My MCL. Pay securely with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or PayPal.

By phone
Call 503.988.5123. Pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover or Diners Club.​

In person
Visit any library location. Pay with cash, check, money order,​ Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Diners Club and some smartphone apps, such as Apple Pay.

By mail
Send a check or money order, payable to:

Multnomah County Library
Access Services
205 NE Russell St.
Portland OR 97212