Richland Library no longer charging overdue fines

Richland Library in Old Shandon, Cola Daily file photo.

Richland Library representatives announced that the library will officially be going “fine free” beginning Thursday at all 12 locations.

“When it comes to returning library materials on time, sometimes life gets in the way. Richland Library is cognizant of that issue among our customers, so starting June 12, 2019, we’re eliminating fines on books, CDs, DVDs and other regular circulating materials that are considered part of our adult collection,” the announcement read.

The decision follows similar measures the library initiated to remove overdue fines on children’s materials in 2015, and teen materials in 2016.

“This policy change is focused on access and equity,” Richland Library Chief Program and Innovation Officer Tony Tallent said. “By going fine free, we hope to encourage prior customers to come back to the library and attract new customers to experience what we have to offer – without worrying about overdue fines.”

The decision will benefit about 70,000 customers by erasing their overdue fines, and more than 23,000 customers whose accounts were previously blocked due to overdue fines, according to the announcement.
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