Lincoln City Libraries eliminates overdue fees, debts

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – No longer will an overdue fee stop a reader from going back to the library.

Lincoln City Libraries announced Thursday that it would stop charging overdue fees on all materials.

Readers will now be charged only for the repair or replacement costs for lost or damaged items.  A book is deemed lost if it’s 21 days past due.

Officials say they plan to forgive overdue fine debts but not lost or damaged item debts.

Assistant Library Director Traci Glass said fines create a “barrier to access,” especially for lower-income families.

“So eliminating the fines just brings new readers back into our libraries,” Glass said.  “It brings folks in that haven’t been in for a really long time because they have things they haven’t returned or they have exorbitant fines that they’re afraid to come back in.”

Fines make up only about 1% of the library’s revenue, according to Glass.

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