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Fine Free!

Declare your freedom from fines!  Starting July 5th, we will no longer charge late fees for items from our library that are returned late.  Existing late fees on items from our library will be wiped out.

We still expect you to return your items on their due date so that others may check them out. If you lose or damage materials, you will be charged.  Items from other libraries may also still incur late fees.

FAQ

Q: Does this mean I can just keep my items as long as I want?
A: No.  We still expect you to be responsible and return or renew your materials on time. Don’t deprive your friends and neighbors of the chance to check them out.

Q: Won’t removing late fees mean materials not being returned?
A: There is mounting evidence that libraries that go fine free don’t see a significant increase in items being returned late. In fact, some have seen more returns as people stop being afraid to come back to the library.

Q: I’ve always thought of my late fees as a donation to the library.  Can I still donate?
A: Absolutely!  We always accept donations that we use for cool things like the summer reading program.

Q: Will this mean the library will have to cut back on services?
A: No.  Last year, late fees only accounted for less than 1% of our budget.  Plus, we have already received a generous donation to cover the first year.

Q: Why did you decide to make this change?
A: There is a growing consensus that late fees have little efffect on timely returns and create an unnecessary burden, especially on lower income people.  We want everyone to feel welcome to use the library, not scared of collecting fees.

Q: Will there still be other fees?
A: We will still charge for lost or damaged items, since we need to replace them.  We will also continue to charge fees for printing, copying and faxing, since they help to offset some of the price of those services.

Virtual Food for Fines

As you may know, this is the time of year when we encourage you to donate to the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf by waiving late fees for donations.  Since we are currently not open to the public, we are not collecting food donations this year, but you can still drop off donations at Lonsdale Liquors or you can donate by check or credit card.  Check out the LAFS website for more details.

Then just give us a call anytime from December 7 to December 19 to let us know you have donated and we will waive up to $10 per card in late fees.  (Yes, we’re trusting you.)  Happy holidays!

Food for Fines

Food for Fines
December 9-14

Want to wipe away your library fines while also doing a good deed?  The Lonsdale Public Library is again offering our semi-annual week-long “Food for Fines” event.  During the week of December 9-14 support the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf by donating  non-perishable foods and personal care items.  Only non-expired items please.  We will waive your late fees from our library.  Please note that we can only waive late fees, not lost item fees, and only for fines imposed by Lonsdale Public Library.

Think about making someone’s day by donating store-bought holiday treats such as nuts, candy or cookies! Any size donation is welcome and will help your friends and neighbors!

 

 

Fine Forgiveness Week

Fine Forgiveness Week
September 9-14

 

Bring in your library card all week and we will forgive all of your late fees from our library.  We cannot forgive fines from other libraries or the cost of lost items.

Have books you’re embarassed to bring back because they’re SO late?  Now’s the time to return them!