In an effort to “share (its) collection with even more” of the community, the Winnetka-Northfield Library District recently announced that it will no longer impose fines on overdue documents retrieved from either. another of its buildings.
The District Library’s new initiative went into effect earlier this month, according to library information. Additionally, the district also removed all existing fines for overdue items.
“We strive to provide excellent service to all residents of our district,” read a statement from the library’s website. “Overdue fines create service barriers and often prevent people from using their library. By eliminating fines, we hope to share our collection and services with even more members of our community. “
Every item picked up from the library will always have an expiration date, officials say, and patrons are “still responsible for honoring the expiration date or renewing the item.” Returning items in a timely manner helps other library users to borrow them sooner, officials said.
While patrons will not be charged a late payment fine, a user’s account will be blocked from further payment if they have a library item two weeks overdue.
According to the library, the account block includes “verification of physical items (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.), as well as access to our digital collections (including downloads from Libby, Hoopla, Kanopy, etc.) and research databases. “
Library officials say if an item is more than 45 days past due, a customer will either have to return the item or pay the replacement cost to unlock an account.
If an item is damaged or lost, a fee will be charged to the user to replace it.
The neighborhood, which has libraries in Winnetka and Northfield, is currently open for in-person visits. As per the CDC’s current COVID-19 guidelines, masks are mandatory inside the library.
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