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Chicago Public Library Goes Fine-Free

Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas and John Byrne write for the Chicago Tribune, “Chicago public libraries will stop fining people for overdue books and wipe away patrons’ outstanding debt, a move that makes the city the largest of more than 200 municipalities across the country to do so.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot made the announcement, saying that “she wants to help low-income people regain access to the system that has blocked them from borrowing materials because they have hit the threshold of $10 in fees.”

Borrowed books will automatically renew up to 15 times, “as long as no one else places a hold on them, according to Patrick Molloy, a spokesman for Chicago’s library system. Emails with due date reminders and fine warnings instead will be sent each time the book is auto-renewed, or if the book has been requested by another patron.”

Overdue materials “will be marked as ‘lost’ and accounts will be charged a replacement fee one week after the last due date, but the charge will be cleared if the item is returned, Molloy said.”

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