Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Many libraries are eliminating fines… and people are noticing! Even Forbes.

NYPL President Andrew W. Marx said in a statement that such fines, “are an antiquated, ineffective way to encourage patrons to return their books; for those who can afford the fines, they are barely an incentive. For those who can’t afford the fines— disproportionately low-income New Yorkers—they become a real barrier to access that we can no longer accept. This is a step towards a more equitable society,…”

To read more, the link to the Forbes article is below:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelkramerbussel/2021/10/31/more-public-libraries-including-new-york-public-library-have-eliminated-fines-for-overdue-books/?sh=1e7da3412dd2