The Library has put an end to daily overdue fines!
When will daily overdue library fines be eliminated?
The Library eliminated daily overdue fines on July 17, 2019.
Why is the Library eliminating daily overdue fines?
- Elimination of fines results in higher library use and increased customer satisfaction.
- Research shows that fines do not effectively incentivize on-time returns.
- Overdue fines negatively impact library use and increase barriers.
- Revenue from fines is not keeping pace with the staff costs needed to collect fines.
Will my existing daily overdue fines be waived?
Patrons who accrued daily overdue fines before July 16, 2019 will have those fines waived.
If there are no fines, how will the library recover books and other materials?
The Library has eliminated daily overdue fines, but not the charges associated with damaged or lost materials. Checkout periods for library materials have not changed and we expect patrons to return items to the library on time. If an item is not returned within 30 days of its due date, a lost charge and processing fee will be assessed.
What if I want an item that is checked out to another patron and overdue?
We recommend that you place free reserves or holds on checked out items you want. Placing a hold will block the item from being renewed and alert the library there is interest in the item. You’ll receive a notification when the item arrives, and you will have 7 days to check it out.