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  • Writer's pictureZachary Epps

Longmont Public Library Eliminates Overdue Fines

In a bold move towards making public libraries more accessible to all, the Longmont Public Library has decided to eliminate overdue fines for its patrons. Starting from today, library patrons will no longer be charged any fines for late returns.

This decision by the library comes as a relief to many patrons who have been avoiding using the library due to the fear of accruing fines for overdue books. Overdue fines can be a significant deterrent for low-income families, who may already struggle to access books and other resources. Eliminating overdue fines will help remove barriers to access and make the library more welcoming to all members of the community.

The decision to eliminate overdue fines was made after careful consideration and research by the library staff. Studies have shown that overdue fines do not necessarily encourage timely returns, but instead act as a punishment that can make people feel guilty and anxious. Furthermore, overdue fines can be counterproductive, as they may discourage people from borrowing materials in the first place.

Instead of overdue fines, the Longmont Public Library will use other measures to encourage timely returns. For example, the library will still send reminders to patrons about their due dates, and if a book is not returned after a certain period, it will be marked as lost, and the patron will be charged the replacement cost. However, the replacement cost will be waived if the book is returned in good condition.

Eliminating overdue fines is not a new trend; many libraries across the country have already adopted this policy, including the Denver Public Library and the Pikes Peak Library District. The trend has been praised by library advocates as a step towards making public libraries more inclusive and accessible to all.

The Longmont Public Library's decision to eliminate overdue fines is a significant step forward in creating a more equitable library system. By removing financial barriers and making the library more welcoming, it will encourage more people to use the library and take advantage of its many resources. The library is a vital institution that serves as a hub for learning, community, and connection, and this decision will help ensure that it remains accessible to all.

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