The Southworth Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously to eliminate fines on late items as of March 1, 2019.
Our Library Director says, “We believe that getting rid of late fees helps to create an environment of positive interaction and universal use. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances prevent our users from returning things on time. We want to be able to encourage library use without the punitive restriction of late fees. Our automatic renewal system has already alleviated much of the ‘due-date stress’ people feel. Going fine free will further encourage this positive environment. People will still need to return their items or pay for lost or damaged items, they just get a bit more time. ”
Charges will still accrue for lost or damaged items.
Fines imposed by other libraries will still be the patron’s responsibility.