Fine Free

Otis Library is Fine Free

As of July 15, 2022, Otis is fine-free. What does this mean?
Is Everything Fine-Free?

Almost! Overdue fines will be eliminated for most materials, but there are a few exceptions:

Passes to museums and other attractions: $2 per day

Lost library card: $1 (for replacement)

Lost and damaged materials: cost of replacement and $2 processing fee

What if I have old overdue fines on my account?

Overdue fines were wiped clean for a fresh start beginning July 15, 2022. However, you are still expected to return all overdue items that are on your card or pay the replacement cost for the item(s).

What if I have fines from another library?

You are still responsible for paying overdue fines to other libraries that charge them. All items borrowed from other libraries are subject to the lending policies of the owning library, including fines.

Won’t people just check things out and never return them?

“No fines” does not mean “no responsibility.” If your item is overdue for more than one loan period (the “loan period” being one checkout and one renewal, if allowed,) then the item will be assumed lost and you will be charged the full replacement cost of the item plus a $2.00 processing fee. Your card privileges will be suspended until you return the item or pay the replacement and processing costs.

Don’t overdue fines encourage people to return items on time?

No evidence shows this to be true. When the Chicago Public Library eliminated overdue fines in 2019, they saw a 240% increase in the number of items returned.

This is great news! I often rounded up my fines to help Otis Library. How can I continue my support?

Many patrons often make a donation when returning late items. Now that we are fine-free, donations are still happily accepted and appreciated. You can always donate in person, by mail, or online.

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