Local libraries are going ‘fine-free’


The Carnegie Public Library and Jeffersonville Library are going “fine-free.”

The library’s board of trustees voted unanimously recently to do away with the library’s DVD fines beginning Friday, Sept. 1.

Increasingly, library fines are a thing of the past, according to Carnegie Public Library Director Sarah Nichols.

The two Fayette County libraries are joining close to 20 libraries in the Serving Every Ohioan (SEO) library consortium and many more libraries throughout the state that have chosen to go “fine-free” in recent years.

“More than a decade has passed since our library stopped charging daily late fees on books, so discontinuing fines on DVDs was a natural progression,” said Nichols. “At the core of public library service and philosophy is free and equal access to all. The library staff and board of trustees embody this value and are pleased to remove this obstacle for our patrons.”

The libraries will continue to use a service to recover items more than 30 days past due. These long overdue items are subject to a $10 fee, according to Nichols.

“As always, recovery of items is the best outcome for the library and our borrowers,” said Nichols.

For more information, contact Nichols at snichols@seolibraries.org or at 740-335-2540.

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The Carnegie Public Library announced it’s doing away with DVD fines beginning Friday.
http://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2017/08/web1_LibrarySchedule.jpgThe Carnegie Public Library announced it’s doing away with DVD fines beginning Friday.

By Ryan Carter

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