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'Canadian Libraries Increasingly Scrapping Late Fees to Boost Access to Services' by Maryse Zeidler
Maryse Zeidler writes the following for CBC News:
[T]he Richmond Public Library joined a growing number of public libraries across Canada that have entirely eliminated late fees.
Long considered a tool to encourage patrons to return materials on time, in the past few years hundreds of public libraries have decided that late fees do more harm than good by pushing away low-income and disadvantaged readers.
In the past few years, nearly 300 libraries across Canada have recently eliminated late fees, many of them in Quebec. Recent converts include public libraries in Burnaby, B.C., Lethbridge, Alta., Kingston, Ont., and Winnipeg.
‘When we see families checking out 40 books at a time, all it takes is one day and they can hit that fine threshold,’ said Susan Walters, chief librarian at the Richmond Public Library.
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