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Boston Public Library Removes Children's Overdue Fees

As of Nov. 1, 2019, Boston Public Library (BPL) will go fine-free for its 150,000-plus library card holders who are younger than 18. Pending overdue fines as of this date will be waived, but patrons “will still be required to return any overdue books in order to check out additional materials.”

“We are proud to be joining the ranks of libraries across the country who are moving towards being fine-free,” says David Leonard, BPL’s president. “Too often, fines penalize those least able to afford them and have the unintended effect of turning young people, in particular, away from their libraries. That’s just not what ‘Free To All’ should mean in the 21st century. Eliminating youth fines reflects core values of the BPL—to be accessible, to be welcoming, and to ensure we are promoting youth reading, not preventing it.”

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