418 Corbett Ave. W.
Ladysmith, WI 54848

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Th10 am - 6 pm
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We know you value the services and resources provided by your public library, but just how much are those services worth?

Please enter the number of times you use the following library services each month

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Value you receive monthly from your library: $
For every $1.00 in taxes you spend on your library, you receive $ of value in return*


*Where did these numbers come from? -- Per capita expenditures were collected from Wisconsin's 2010 Public Library Statistics, compiled by the State Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning (DLTCL). The return on investment is calculated by dividing each library's annual per capita expenditure by 12 (the number of months) to get a monthly per capita expenditure. The formula then divides the total value received each month by the monthly per capita expenditure.

This calculator is an adaptation of projects by the Maine State Library and Library Research Service, a unit of the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Department of Education that is operated in partnership with the Library and Information Science (LIS) Program, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver.


Fines, Damaged Materials, Lost Items, Refunds, and Waivers of Fines & Food-for- Fines and similar programs


Fines are due when the materials are returned, or when the patron next comes to the library. Fines may be paid at any library within the MORE system of IFLS. We will accept cash, checks, or credit/debit card payments. Credit and debit card payments may be made online, or at the Rusk County Community Library.

Charges for damaged materials will vary with the degree of damage. There are numerous factors that determine the charge including the type and amount of damage, the age and general condition of the material(s), the cost of the materials, among other things.

Lost items generally are charged at the cost of the item plus a processing fee to cover the replacement of the material. Magazines are charged at the rate of $5.00, regardless of the cover price. Mass-market paperback books and children’s paperbacks are charged at a minimum rate of $5.00, regardless of cover price. The total minimum cost for any lost material will be $10.00.

No refunds will be made if the material has been replaced or is on order.

If the material has not been ordered or replaced, 50% of the money paid—less the processing fee—will be refunded. The patron must have a receipt to receive any refund for lost materials. Refunds will be given only within 30 days of the payment for the lost items. If the material is returned in damaged condition, no refund will be made.

We do not accept replacement materials brought in by patrons. We only accept payment for items.

These policies apply to materials owned by the Rusk County Community Library. Other libraries in the MORE system, within IFLS, or that send materials through interlibrary loan have policies which apply to their materials.

Waiving fines is rarely done. There must be “good cause” for such an action, and we can only waive fines on materials owned by the Rusk County Community Library. The waiver of fines must be approved by the director of the library.

We recommend that patrons avoid fines by calling the library to renew materials, or by renewing items online.

On occasion, libraries within the MORE system will offer a Food-for-Fines program. A dollar’s worth of non-perishable food may be brought to the library to “pay” for a dollar’s worth of fines. This holds true only for the library offering the program, and only during the time of the program. These special programs for “paying” fines never cover the cost of replacements for lost or severely damaged items. Other similar programs, such as Read Off Your Fines work in a similar way to the Food For Fines.

This policy was accepted by the Library Board on 3-14-2012.