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A Minnesota Library Considers Going Fine-Free
David Chanen writes the following for Minnesota’s Star Tribune:
Hennepin County officials are considering the elimination of overdue library fees and amnesty for patrons who already owe money.
Under existing library policy, patrons who owe more than $10 in late fees can’t check out library materials, but they do have access to all other library services. Library staff will work with people on a partial payment to possibly reinstate library privileges until the rest of the debt is paid.
More than 72,000 people, or 13% of those with an active library card, are over the $10 limit. The county received about $600,000 in overdue fees last year, a tiny portion of the library system’s $86 million budget for 2019. …
‘In Hennepin County, we are not hesitant to look into the elimination of fines and haven’t ruled it out,’ said Interim Library Director Janet Mills. ‘We are always looking at ways to remove barriers to access.’
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