Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Five Unexpected Benefits of Eliminating Library Fines

Five Unexpected Benefits of Eliminating Library Fines

Benefit #1: Librarians and staff can provide better service to patrons

Benefit #2: Being fine-free is more aligned with the real mission of the library

Benefit #3: Libraries seeing an increase in item returns

Benefit #4: Libraries can use their resources better

Benefit #5: Eliminating fines can lead to a renewed appreciation for the library (or at least provide some good PR)