Does anyone like overdue fines? Library members hate paying them, the staff dislike collecting them, and do they even work to get people to return items on time?
That is why I’m happy to announce that the Palm Beach County Library System has become fine free. By doing so we have joined the ranks of public libraries across the country that realized library fines are an antiquated notion. Starting on October 1, the Library System moved to the fine free model. In a recent Palm Beach Post article, reporter Hannah Morse quoted from my presentation to the Board of County Commissioners the reasons why this change was required.
“Across the nation, public libraries now view fines as an impediment to service,” said Douglas Crane, director of the county library system. “Late fines actually stand in opposition to the library’s core values of equitable service, supporting early literacy and free access to information.”
Crane added that fines “act as a barrier and create inequitable service, disproportionately impacting children and community members with limited financial means.”
Learn all about the change on the library’s web site. And remember, you still need to bring your items back. We just won’t nickel and dime you about it if you are a few days late.