Fine free means we are no longer charging customers for materials returned late.
Libraries are at the heart of their communities. We temporarily removed fines in March 2020 to support our community through the challenges presented by the pandemic and removed barriers for everyone, especially those most vulnerable. Permanently removing fines supports lifelong learning by ensuring library resources remain accessible to everyone in our community throughout their lifetime, regardless of circumstance. Did you know:
We know you may worry about this but please don’t – we have a plan for that! Life is busy and we all forget from time to time so friendly reminders will help keep more of us on track.
We will continue to be pro-active in encouraging our community to return their library materials on time to ensure equal access to our collections.
No! Since going fine free in March 2020, we have fulfilled over 72,000 holds for customers and over 230,000 items have been returned back to our collections and made available to borrow. No more line-ups to pay fines means staff will be fulfilling and monitoring holds requests and lists to ensure quick turnaround on our in-demand items.
Although the library is no longer charging late fines, we are still charging a fee for holds not picked up and replacement costs for lost and damaged items. If library materials aren’t returned within 21 days after the due date, customers will be charged for the replacement cost. When these items are returned and checked in, these charges will be removed and customers can borrow again.
Customers who wish to support the library can donate via our website. Your support makes a difference! Every donation we receive goes towards enhancing the library’s collection and expanding the services we offer.