Nelson Library is closing the book on overdue fines
The Nelson Library is eliminating overdue fines effective January 1, 2023.
Library staff and board are excited to join the growing numbers of libraries in Canada that are removing fines to provide barrier-free access to library services and materials.
“Late fines can discourage people from using the library and can be a significant barrier to many,” says Chief Librarian Tracey Therrien.
“We hope that anyone who isn’t using the library because of their fines will feel welcome to return to the library.”
Libraries originally charged fines as a motivator to return items on time, but libraries that have been fine free for some time have seen an increase in circulation, returned items, and memberships. Under this new policy, borrowers are still encouraged to return their materials on time. Materials will continue to have their regular loan period and can be renewed up to two times.
If an item is more than 42 days overdue, it will be marked lost and a replacement fee will be charged. Fees will also still be charged for damaged items.
To help launch this new initiative the Library is holding its annual Fines for Foods drive from December 19th to 24th.
All fines collected during this week will benefit the Nelson Community Food Centre.
The Nelson Community Food Centre offers a welcoming environment where people can access healthy food and join a cooking or gardening program.