PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Public Library has a simple message: Just bring the stuff back.
Library officials tell The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/Spsqiv) that they have tallied more than 40,000 overdue materials — from books and CDs to audio cassettes and videos. The outstanding fees total about $4.3 million.
Even if people pay the fees, spokeswoman Rita Marko says the library can't always replace the item if it's no longer available.
Marko says the goal is to get the item back so the next patron can check it out.
For Phoenix, which has 17 branches and a collection of 1.8 million items, getting all the items back isn't always easy. Staff members have tweaked the policies from time to time to try to curb the behavior.
Last summer, for example, the library reduced the number of times people can renew items.