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Pasco County Libraries Announces Fine-Free Policy

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on February 11, 2020

Libraries will no longer impose fines on overdue materials beginning February 10

Pasco County Libraries Announces Fine-Free Policy

Joining a national trend with documented success, Pasco County Libraries will no longer impose fines on overdue materials beginning February 10, 2020.  The new program coincides with Library Lovers Month and represents substantial savings for the library system while removing fees that can represent a barrier to service for some customers.

Borrowed materials will still have the same return due dates – you just won’t have to pay if you can’t bring them back on time.

The program kicks off with a “book amnesty” period from Monday, February 10 through Tuesday, March 10, 2020, when all accumulated fines (large or small) associated with overdue materials will be forgiven once the item is returned.

In Fiscal Year 2019, Libraries collected $67,288 in overdue fines, but the administrative cost to manage and collect the fees was $386,345.  In addition to saving $319,057, the change allows libraries staff to devote more time to assisting customers, conducting outreach and presenting enrichment programs.

“Fines for overdue materials can act as an inequitable barrier to service, disproportionately affecting minors, students, and community members with limited financial resources,” said Libraries Program Manager Robert Harrison. “Libraries have seen increases in return rates, borrowing, and library card registrations after adopting fine-free policies.”

Pasco County Libraries is committed to being a valuable resource for all members of the community, providing equal access to information and fostering lifelong learning.  To learn more about the fine-free policy, please visit bit.ly/Fine-FreeFAQ.

For more information about Pasco County Libraries, including the library catalog, E-content,  programs, events, and links to all Pasco County Library branches, visit www.pascolibraries.org.

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Carol says

I moved to Pasco county 5 years ago being a library volunteer in Manatee county previously. I was disappointed in the lack of volunteer opportunities and the limitrd number of libraries accessible to Route 19. After 5 years I still despair over the limited educational options available to coastal residents.

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