Jacksonville Public Library cancels overdue book fines


JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Do you have an overdue library book that you dread returning because of the fine? Well, worry no more, say library officials.

The library board unanimously agreed to eliminate the overdue library fines at the Jacksonville Public Library on July 1, 2021, following the suspension by Mayor Lenny Curry and City Council of Jacksonville overdue library fines in the early months of the pandemic.

“Things have been stressful enough for people over the past two years,” said Carlo Fassi, chairman of the library board. “We see how people look to the library to learn new skills, start businesses or just get away from it all in a great story. Anything that increases fair and equitable access to the library is good for Duval County.

Before the change, overdue fines could lock an account when they got too high. It won’t be a problem anymore either.

But that doesn’t mean you can check out a book and keep it forever.

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“Borrowed documents still have due dates, and we want you to return your documents on time so your neighbors can enjoy them as well,” said Lynne Baldwin, regional manager for the Western region. “Eliminating overdue fines just gives you that little cushion when things don’t go as planned. “

And if you lose an item or return it damaged, those replacement fees still apply.

Customers are encouraged to return any late material to any Jacksonville Public Library location without worrying about late fines.

For more details, visit https://jaxpubliclibrary.org/news/jax-public-library-goes-overdue-fine-free.

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