COPPERAS COVE (October 28, 2013) An ordinance adopted by the City of Copperas Cove could mean an arrest for patrons if they don't return library materials.
A recent case landed one man behind bars for a book he'd had checked out for more than three years.
On Wednesday Jory Enck was booked into jail and released for overdue library materials.
Court documents show he checked out a GED study guide in 2010 and didn't respond to attempts from the library to get the book back.
City of Copperas Cove Municipal Judge Bill Price said the patrons are usually released on a $200 bond after the arrest.
Library policies show the patron must have the overdue book checked out for a minimum of 90 days and not respond to phone calls or emails from the library about the book before the municipal court is notified.
Julie Lehmann with the Copperas Cove Police Department said if an officer makes a routine stop or encounters a patron with an active overdue library materials warrant on a call they will make the arrest.
Price said in situations where library materials aren't returned they usually try to let the civil process sort it out and if that doesn't work a warrant is issued, which doesn't result in a pleasant response from patrons.
"Universal hatred, nobody wants to get arrested over a library book. The other side of that is people that go to our library and can't have these materials, they're put out too," Price said.
The ordinance was adopted by the city almost four years ago and still has some patrons feeling torn about the issue.
"I guess that they have to have some way to enforce the rules at the library to return borrowed material, I think that's a little extreme personally and I'll certainly talk to the mayor to maybe get that changed," Copperas Cove resident Clyde Glosson said.
On Monday Enck did not respond to messages about the case, but a copy of a GED study guide like the one he checked out was back on the shelf.
Enck's library card was found inside the book and library records showed the book had been turned in the day after Enck's arrest.