Last Updated: Apr 06, 2018     Views: 135

Although there are libraries which may still charge late fees, the national trend for public libraries has been moving away from late fees.

We do understand that not having late fees in place may not make sense to everyone. Periodic national research on library late fees and overdue issues continues to find that the costs of collecting these funds may exceed the benefits and the practice is often ineffective in reducing or eliminating overdue behaviors. It has also been determined that late fees may disproportionately impact children as library customers and their parents.


Sno-Isle Libraries has not charged late fees for over 35 years. 

 

The articles below describe the benefits and detriments of charging fines

https://qz.com/1158839/the-case-against-library-fines-according-to-the-head-of-the-new-york-public-library/

https://lj.libraryjournal.com/2017/04/budgets-funding/doing-fines-fines-fees/#_

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-edu-no-library-fines-20171225-story.html

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