I’m very excited to announce that the Board of Trustees has voted to discontinue the practice of leveling fines when an item is returned after its due date.
This change is a part of an institutional movement from libraries nationwide, guided by the recommendations of the American Library Association in an effort to increase free public access to library services. We will be removing fines from patron accounts as we find them. So if you see a fine on your record then you can call the library and we’ll remove it.
Going fine free doesn’t mean that you don’t have to bring your books back to the library. Items will still have a due date and materials will still need to be returned. Materials can be renewed two times if there are no holds.
If an item is not returned, or is returned damaged, patrons will still be charged for lost or damaged items. This change is for all of the patrons of the library.
The Library’s mission is to provide free and equitable access to all. As such, fines should not prevent any member of the community from accessing services.