I usually have a ton books out, but recently I have been taking out fewer because they end up mixed in with my personal collection. With our library, once you pay for the book there are no refunds.
To me, it's embarrassing as a library employee (HR Manager in fact) to lose books. Our late fines are waived, but we do have to pay for lost items. Recently I thought I had lost a book so reported it lost and told them I would pay as soon I found my checkbook. Then on the heels of that, I lost a brand new CD. I tore the house apart and finally found both. The book had fallen behind my headboard and the CD was downstairs on a book shelf having mysteriously moved from where I put it at the front door.
So do you have a method of keeping track of your library books? Does your library charge employees and volunteers late and/or lost fees?