Going fine free is a small step in removing barriers for those who rely on library access the most!
I currently have fines on my account. Are those being cleared?
Yes. All accounts will be cleared of overdue fines as of September 3, 2021. If you have questions about your account, please call or email our Office Manager. You can also log in to view your account online.
Will there still be due dates?
Yes. Library materials will still have two-week due dates and patrons will still be expected to return materials within that window. Patrons will be charged a replacement cost for items that aren’t returned within 49 days of the due date (28 days for new materials/green dot books). Replacement charges will be cleared when the items are returned.
Sometimes I’ve kept books longer than the due date because I needed more time, or I wasn’t in town to return them, and just planned on paying my fine. What should I do now?
We ask that patrons bear their fellow library users in mind when keeping materials past due dates, especially new and popular titles. We also offer easy ways to renew via phone or email. New materials/green dot books that can’t be renewed can be returned and checked out again.
Won’t removing fines take away the incentive to return materials within the due dates?
Most libraries that have gone fine free do not report an increase in later returns – in fact, they report the opposite.
How does eliminating fines impact the library’s budget?
Library fines made up a very small part of the library’s budget. Attempts to collect fines often ended up costing the library more than the amount collected.