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Eliminating Late Fines

The Library and Mayor Carter are proposing eliminating late fines. Learn more.

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Download the Fact Sheet Download the Fact Sheet

Download a PDF fact sheet with key information about this proposal.
Download a PDF fact sheet with key information about this proposal.
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Presentation: Eliminating Late Fines Presentation: Eliminating Late Fines

Download the slide deck on Eliminating Late Fines at Saint Paul Public Library
Download the slide deck on Eliminating Late Fines at Saint Paul Public Library
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Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the Library want to eliminate overdue fines? What led to this decision? We answer these questions and more.
Why does the Library want to eliminate overdue fines? What led to this decision? We answer these questions and more.
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Nashville Library Says "Later" to Fines Nashville Library Says "Later" to Fines

Nashville Public Library (NPL) patrons can borrow without accruing overdue fines beginning July 5, 2017.
Nashville Public Library (NPL) patrons can borrow without accruing overdue fines beginning July 5, 2017.
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Eau Claire library fines to be waived Eau Claire library fines to be waived

Talk about a clean slate. Fines owed for overdue L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library books will be waived at the start of next year.
Talk about a clean slate. Fines owed for overdue L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library books will be waived at the start of next year.
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Watch: Free is Key (TEDx UW LaCrosse) Watch: Free is Key (TEDx UW LaCrosse)

Free is Key: Library Fines and Access | Dawn Wacek, Youth Services Manager, LaCrosse Public Library | TEDxUWLaCrosse
Free is Key: Library Fines and Access | Dawn Wacek, Youth Services Manager, LaCrosse Public Library | TEDxUWLaCrosse
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Beth Burns: Proud to Support Fine Free Beth Burns: Proud to Support Fine Free

Beth Burns, President of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, is proud to support Mayor Carter’s proposal to eliminate late fines
Beth Burns, President of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, is proud to support Mayor Carter’s proposal to eliminate late fines
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Watch the Library Budget Address Watch the Library Budget Address

Watch Mayor Carter and Library Director Catherine Penkert announce their proposal to eliminate late fines (August 29, 2018)
Watch Mayor Carter and Library Director Catherine Penkert announce their proposal to eliminate late fines (August 29, 2018)
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White Paper: Removing Barriers to Access White Paper: Removing Barriers to Access

Eliminating Library Fines and Fees on Children's Materials
Eliminating Library Fines and Fees on Children's Materials
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Eliminating fines simply makes sense Eliminating fines simply makes sense

The Salt Lake City Library’s commitment to the values of free and open access guided the Library Board to eliminate late fines.
The Salt Lake City Library’s commitment to the values of free and open access guided the Library Board to eliminate late fines.
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Salt Lake to make reading really free Salt Lake to make reading really free

Tax increases, though, are hardly ever popular. To sweeten the pot, the library officials also proposed elimination of late fines.
Tax increases, though, are hardly ever popular. To sweeten the pot, the library officials also proposed elimination of late fines.
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Why libraries are eliminating fines Why libraries are eliminating fines

Late fines and replacement fees can have a huge cost to the communities libraries are meant to serve.
Late fines and replacement fees can have a huge cost to the communities libraries are meant to serve.
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Baltimore's Pratt Library goes fine free Baltimore's Pratt Library goes fine free

Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library says it will become the first major urban library system on the East Coast to eliminate fines
Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library says it will become the first major urban library system on the East Coast to eliminate fines
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Doing Fine(s)? Doing Fine(s)?

Librarians and patrons have long considered fines at best an unpleasant hassle and at worst a serious barrier to access.
Librarians and patrons have long considered fines at best an unpleasant hassle and at worst a serious barrier to access.
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