QPL does not charge late fines for overdue materials. Fees are charged when items are lost or not returned. After incurring $50 of fees, you will not be able to place holds or check out physical materials until you have returned your lost items or paid the replacement fees.

Items  Fees
Lost CD or cassette case $1.00
Lost library card replacement fee $2.00
Lost video/DVD case $2.00
Missing item label $1.00
Non-N.Y.S. resident library card: one year $50.00
Returned check fee $25.00

The Library is not able to accept replacement books or other print materials purchased by customers. The Library will accept an exact replacement (in new original packaging along with an original receipt) from the customer for multimedia items.

Read Down Your Fees Program

Queens Public Library’s mission is to promote reading and to support the development of our children and youth. The Read Down Your Fees program is intended to help children and young adults reduce their outstanding fees so they can continue to use their library card without interruption. The Read Down Your Fees Program also encourages and promotes reading among our young people. There is no limit on how long you can read and no restrictions on what you can read. Customers up to the age of 21 can participate in this program. Young adults may also read to or with younger children and both of you can get credit for the time.

Earning Library Bucks

  • Sign up at the Customer Service Desk of any Queens Public Library.
  • For every ½ hour that you read you will earn a $1 voucher (Library Buck).
  • Bring your Library Bucks to the circulation desk before the closing to get credit towards fees.