Starting March 1 all fines are eliminated
The Brandon Township Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously voted to eliminate overdue fines on all returned materials at its Board meeting on January 27, 2020. The Board also approved forgiving outstanding overdue fines. These changes are effective on March 1, 2020.
This means that any patron with past due items are encouraged to bring them back to the Library – no questions asked and no fines. All patrons with past due fines will be waived.
What items are fine free? Everything!
The American Library Association passed a resolution last year encouraging libraries to eliminate the imposition of overdue fines. Research has shown that overdue fines are not effective in encouraging the return of library materials. Instead, they can quickly become a barrier to using the library altogether. Fines make up less than 1% of Brandon Library’s total revenue.
More than 200 libraries across the country are fine free. The Austin Public Library, Chicago Public Library, the Cromaine Heartland Public Library, the Detroit Public Library, Kalamazoo Public Library, Kent District Library, LA County Library, and Palm Beach County Public Library are just a few of the libraries that have eliminated past due fines.