Book Lovers, Great News! Libraries Are Removing Fines for Overdue Books
Don’t you just love libraries? These magical buildings where you can immerse in a world full of adventures, history or any subject you like? For book lovers, this is the perfect place to escape for hours from reality.
And even if you don’t want to read there, you still have a lot of time to read for free at your home. The only nasty thing was that sometimes we forget to return them on time and we woke up with, well, .. some unpleasant fees.
Some of these libraries even got a daily overdue fee, so they decided to get rid of them.
The Baltimore Sun announced that the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore is cutting down all overdue fines on their own materials. Note that products checked out from other libraries via the interlibrary loan system still a subject of overdue fees.
We can find out on the library’s site that this decision was made so all who have late items could still access the library resources.
But “how will the Library get people to return borrowed materials?”, we see on their website.
“No fines does not mean no responsibility. 14 days after the final due date, materials that are not returned will be considered lost and customers will be billed the replacement cost. At any time customers may return materials to have all associated fees canceled. Borrowing privileges for library cards with a balance of $25 or more will be restored when materials are returned or balance is paid in full.”
They will also send reminders via email, 3 days before and 3 days after. After 14 days the final email will announce them that the book is considered lost and needs to be paid. That’s great news, right?
This library is one of the first ones that will do this action, and this trend is spreading among libraries from Nashville, Tampa and Salt Lake City that will cut off all overdue fees. That’s great news for all book lovers out there, as it means they won’t have any fear of not finishing their favorite books.
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