Library trend? No more overdue fines…

Posted on April 10, 2012. Filed under: Libraries and Librarians | Tags: , |

An article in the Boston Globe tells us that many libraries in the USA are doing away with fines.

“Although to many users nationwide, the idea of paying overdue fees is as integral to the fabric of the public library system as Dewey decimal numbers or signs asking for quiet, Topsfield and many of the other communities north of Boston are part of a fast-growing trend in which libraries no longer charge for late materials. For example, in the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, only nine libraries out of its 35 member institutions still charge fines on books…

…And although the trend is just starting to take hold in other parts of the state, several have been doing this for years. Perhaps none quite as long as the J.V. Fletcher Library in Westford, though, which did away with fines in 1971.”

Read the whole article here.

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