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One Fine Day?!....NY Public Library ends all late fines.....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 05, 2021 07:18AM
.....they said that late fees hurt those who have limited access.....San Diego, San Francisco and Chicago have already done the same.....


Good shhh: NYC public libraries to end late fees altogether, waive open fines

....New York City is Dewey decimating late fees — and closing the book on millions of dollars of outstanding fines for overdue or lost books.

As of this Tuesday, all late fees and replacement fees owed to the New York Public Library, Queens Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library will be waived.

Late fees have been suspended since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Going forward the three systems plan to eliminate late fees entirely, city and library officials said.

The new policy will “unblock” about 400,000 city residents who owe more than $15 in fines, officials said. About half of those people live in “high-need communities,” officials from the city and all three libraries said in a joint statement. Thirty percent of them are under 17 years old.

Late fines “are an antiquated, ineffective way to encourage patrons to return their books,” said NYPL President Anthony Marx.

“For those who can afford the fines, they are barely an incentive. For those who can’t afford the fines — disproportionately low-income New Yorkers — they become a real barrier to access that we can no longer accept,” he said.

Despite bringing $3.2 million altogether in Fiscal Year 2019, the last year before COVID-19, the libraries have “found ways to absorb the lost revenue from fines,” officials said.

New Yorkers will still have to pay replacement fees for lost items under the new rules, but will not have to pay those fees if they ultimately return the books. Any materials overdue by at least a month are considered “lost.”

New York City’s library systems will be the largest in the country to do away with late fees, joining cities like San Diego, San Francisco and Chicago.

San Diego saw a 4 percent spike in circulation after going “fine-free” in 2018.

“This announcement is another major step towards making our public libraries, the heart of so many communities, accessible to all,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “Eliminating fines will let us serve even more New Yorkers, allowing them to enjoy all of the resources and programs that public libraries offer to grow and succeed.”


no fines..........?!



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Re: One Fine Day?!....NY Public Library ends all late fines.....
Posted by: Acer
Date: October 05, 2021 09:29AM


Taking early retirement, and bitter about it.
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Re: One Fine Day?!....NY Public Library ends all late fines.....
Posted by: freeradical
Date: October 05, 2021 10:32AM
Ours did that earlier this year. I don't see anything good coming from this policy.
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Re: One Fine Day?!....NY Public Library ends all late fines.....
Posted by: Lemon Drop
Date: October 05, 2021 11:55AM
Our public library in Snohomish county, WA where I lived 20 years never had late fees. Library users are good about returning materials. If you don't return a book after it's very late, they block your card and send you a bill for the book. You can return the book and get that waived.

Their loss rate is the same as other systems nationwide and other cities have used this as a model for getting rid of late fees. Why incur this administrative cost when it doesn't help?

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Re: One Fine Day?!....NY Public Library ends all late fines.....
Posted by: apocketfulofwry
Date: October 05, 2021 12:35PM
Great! I can finally return the book on Abraham Lincoln I forgot to return in 1983.
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Re: One Fine Day?!....NY Public Library ends all late fines.....
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: October 05, 2021 12:37PM
....to be clear, they are also wiping any past fees......



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Re: One Fine Day?!....NY Public Library ends all late fines.....
Posted by: Lemon Drop
Date: October 05, 2021 01:16PM
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NewtonMP2100
....to be clear, they are also wiping any past fees......

That's as it should be. Get everybody in there reading.
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Re: One Fine Day?!....NY Public Library ends all late fines.....
Posted by: vision63
Date: October 05, 2021 01:38PM
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Lemon Drop
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NewtonMP2100
....to be clear, they are also wiping any past fees......

That's as it should be. Get everybody in there reading.

I greedily, want the library for myself and my homeless stragglers trying to sleep with their eyes open. I used to have hiking trails to myself (and people with dogs), then Instagram came and now they're crowded.

Mine! Mine! Mine!
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Re: One Fine Day?!....NY Public Library ends all late fines.....
Posted by: Racer X
Date: October 06, 2021 12:19AM
Seattle did it to in 2020?

I just returned some year+ late books my partner found in her home office while cleaning it last week. I let her think there were fines on them to teach her a lesson. devil smiley



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